Case against Bloemfontein sexual assault parents postponed again

2015-07-17 16:00
The woman accused of forcing her 11-year-old daughter to have sex with men is seen during an earlier court appearance. (Dirk Lotriet, News24)

The woman accused of forcing her 11-year-old daughter to have sex with men is seen during an earlier court appearance. (Dirk Lotriet, News24)

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Bloemfontein - The trial of a Free State couple accused of brutal sexual assaults on their daughter was postponed until August 28 in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Friday.

The pair will face charges of rape, sexual exploitation of children and child abuse after testimony during their bail application revealed that the mother allegedly held down her 11-year-old daughter so that men could rape her.

The parents are also alleged to have forced the girl and her 9-year-old brother to use drugs.

The father is being held at Grootvlei Prison, while the mother must be transported to and from Kimberley, where she is being held.

The couple sat tightly against each other in the dock and when they stood to be addressed by Magistrate Leavit Mkansi, the mother rested her head on the father’s shoulder for a moment. She was dressed in a black hoodie and denim jeans while her hair was bound in a ponytail on top of her head. Signs of crying was evident on her face.

The father wore a grey sweater and his beard was much longer than in previous appearances.

The couple is represented by Jackie de Vries, who said the reason for the postponement is that both the prosecution and defence is still waiting for the full dossier.

The couple may not be named to protect the identities of the children.

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