July trial for parents who 'forced daughter to have sex'

2015-06-18 15:13

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Bloemfontein - The trial of a Free State couple accused of a brutal sexual assault on their daughter, will start on Friday, July 17 in the Bloemfontein Regional Court.

The couple stood expressionless next to each other while the case was referred to the regional court for plea and trial during their appearance on Thursday morning.

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

This was the first time that the man and woman have seen one another since a brief appearance last week, as the father was not brought to court on Monday.

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

He wore a grey hoodie over his blue chequered shirt, while the mother wore a big hoodie and carried a bright orange sports backpack. She wore ankle shackles, as she had at her previous appearance.

Her mother walked briefly with her when she was taken out of court.

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

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