Gang rape accused boy sent for assessment

2012-05-17 12:36

Johannesburg - The 13-year-old boy accused of participating in the gang rape of a Soweto teenage girl has been sent for psychiatric assessment, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said this would attempt to determine his criminal capacity.

"Remember minors between the ages of 7 and 14 are presumed to be criminally incapable."

He said all seven of the accused would appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court again on June 20.

Four boys and three men, who allegedly matched the descriptions of rapists shown in a cellphone video of the attack, were arrested in Dobsonville, Soweto on April 17. The video spread via the internet on April 18.

The seven face several counts of rape, sexual assault, engaging the sexual services of a minor for reward, using a minor to create child pornography, committing a sexual act in the presence of a minor, and committing a sexual act in the presence of an adult.

The girl went missing on March 21 and was found at a 37-year-old man's house in Soweto during a search launched after police became aware of the rape video.

The charges against the man were provisionally withdrawn by the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on May 4.

No reasons were given for the withdrawal. He had been accused of holding her against her will at his house in Braamfischerville, Soweto.

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-05-17 12:41

    if he can get an erection he's capable...

      Squeegee - 2012-05-17 12:45

      Youth is not an excuse. If you do the crime do the time...

  • Greg - 2012-05-17 12:42

    Put this little sh1t in front of the Court with the rest of these animals and then put all of them behind bars for the prescribed minimum!!

      Michelle - 2012-05-17 12:54

      Greg - Animals don't rape. But I do agree with the rest of your comment

      laurice.cooperwilliamsletard - 2012-05-17 14:02

      Greg dont insult animals. BARBARIANS are more to the point. I get so sick and tired of these BARB'S that commit rape, murder and other crimes. They know how do all the crime at such young ages, and yet "they " must go for assesment. The people doing the accessing need help for even suggesting such crap. Sorry for ALL the victims, Feel nothing for the criminal.

  • Gary - 2012-05-17 12:42

    He should be sent to jail, Rape, never mind gang rape is unforgivable

  • Vernon - 2012-05-17 13:03

    should send him for caning to begin with and then face the courts.

  • Charmaine - 2012-05-17 13:05

    determine his criminal capacity??!! i think he has proven his capacity already??

      tichaona.dube - 2012-05-17 13:23

      This is not good in life

  • mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-17 13:26

    Take dis man 2 jail he is young by age bt dnt behave like one he deserve 2b locked.

  • nishaatf - 2012-05-17 14:11

    Ok there Youth , u thinking about that awesome hey , this is why they would do it over and over again , becos our gov wants to protect there youth , and not thinking of the innocent child that lost everything

  • Sanele Kratos Fulele - 2012-05-17 14:42

    i agree, he should be sent for evaluation, kids nowadays are exposed to all sorts things and they end up performing those acts because they presume it to be right, having seen it being done by someone older and assumed to guys are older, able to make rash decisions and are fully aware of the consequences of your actions? This kid is not...

      Bruce - 2012-05-17 15:54

      Sorry, at 13 you should have some idea of right and wrong. If the older ones jump of a bridge, will he follow them?

  • Vanessa - 2012-05-17 16:39

    "Remember minors between the ages of 7 and 14 are presumed to be criminally incapable." What kind of a comment is that? By the age of 10, boys already have pubic hair and are jerking off secretly in their beds late at night. Once they understand the concept of sex, they are criminally capable. I'm very f**king sorry.

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-05-17 17:23

    then there was a stupid system the one that protects criminals and tortures the victims. welcome to the Republic of South Africa. where a criminal is caught red handed but the stil need to investigations whilist he is out on bail raping more.

  • Rob - 2012-05-17 17:38

    The only assessment to be made should be whether he should be 'hung' by the balls or by the neck...

  • Sueki Gotha-Billy Fitzgerald - 2012-05-18 08:41

    i use to be proud to be a south African now im just embarrassed!

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