Cop in court for rape

2010-05-13 21:54

Bloemfontein - A reservist police sergeant arrested for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman in a police vehicle appeared in the Ottosdal Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

A court official said the case against the 31-year-old man had been postponed to May 20 for a bail application.

The Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said the woman had been arrested and taken to the Ottosdal police station following a fight with her aunt in the Letsopa township on Saturday.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the woman was allegedly slapped in the face with an open hand by an officer on duty at the station.

"The officer then reprimanded her for the fight she had had with her aunt and ordered that she be taken home," he said in a statement.

On the way to the girl's home, the officer allegedly stopped the car, ordered the woman to undress and threatened her when she refused to do so.

He allegedly raped the woman before taking her to his house and keeping her there overnight.

The woman escaped the next day and told her mother, who reported the incident to the ICD office in North West.