State set to oppose bail

2016-07-20 06:00

A MAN from Phola Park in Bloemfontein who allegedly kidnapped a young woman outside a club in Bloemfontein and then raped her in a house in Fauna, is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (20/07) for a bail application.

The suspect (aged 38) briefly appeared in court on Wednesday (13/07) before magistrate C. Mokgoto stet.

The suspect is facing charges of rape, kidnapping, theft and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.

According to the charge sheet, he had allegedly kidnapped the victim on Saturday, 9 July, outside a club in the Bloemgate Centre and had taken her to a house in Fauna where he allegedly raped and assaulted her by repeatedly hitting her in the face with clenched fists.

Dolf Nel, state prosecutor, said the state would be opposing the suspect’s bail application.

Two different names and two different birth dates had been recorded for the suspect in the police docket.

The suspect was represented by Legal Aid South Africa.

Capt. Chaka Marope, police spokesperson, said the victim did not remember much about the brutal incident.

What she could recall was that she had been at the club the Saturday night and that she woke up the next day in a room in Fauna with the alleged attacker next to her.

She had been severely beaten up.

When the alleged attacker had fallen asleep, she managed to escape by asking other people, who had also been in the house at the time, to unlock a door and to let her out. She approached someone in the street for help and then went to report the matter to the police.

Marope said the man was arrested on Monday, 11 July, in the Loch Logan Waterfront Mall after he had allegedly also stolen two T-shirts valued at R1 800 from Kloppers.

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