Man arrested for raping 91-year-old

2012-10-16 08:33

Pietermaritzburg - Quick-thinking neighbours, an observant gardener and swift police action have led to the arrest of a man in connection with the recent rape of a 91-year-old woman in Hayfields.

The 36-year-old was arrested by the Pietermaritzburg cluster tracking team at a beer hall in Retief Street on Friday night.

He appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of housebreaking with intent to rob; robbery with aggravating circumstances, as well as the rape. He allegedly gained entry to the victim’s house by threatening her with a hammer and made off with a wristwatch, computer monitor, keyboard, mouse and R300 in cash.

She had previously given him food when he had come begging at her gate.

CCTV footage

The breakthrough in the case came on the day of the crime, October 5, after a resident in the Hayfields area invited the police to view CCTV footage from his house, according to a source close to the investigation.

The source said once the footage was viewed, a gardener at the victim’s home was also invited to view the footage and he immediately identified the suspect by name and surname.

“The gardener told us that the man, who is from the Edendale area, had been to the victim’s home more than once, begging for food, and the victim would provide him with food,” said the source.

On the day of the arrest, the suspect denied ever being in Hayfields, saying that he did not even know where the area was.

But during an identity parade the next day [Saturday], the victim positively identified the suspect as her attacker.

The State opposed bail and the case was postponed to October 31 for a formal bail application.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the suspect had a previous conviction and was released on parole about two months ago. She said he was arrested for housebreaking and theft.

“We urge senior citizens residing alone not to open their homes to strangers. When employing gardeners, people should ask for the person’s identity document and keep a copy for future reference. If you find a stranger at your gate, call the police so that the stranger can be questioned,” said Jeevan.

Another rape

Meanwhile, the case of a 29-year-old man from Ezakheni C-section, Ladysmith, was on Monday postponed to Thursday for further investigation.

The man was arrested for allegedly raping the 84-year-old grandmother of his girlfriend last week. The woman was also at home alone when she was raped.

Gender officer at Emnambithi/Ladysmith municipality, Ayanda Magadla, said there seemed to have been a communication breakdown between the social workers and the investigation officer, hence the decision by Ezakheni magistrate to postpone the matter.

“It appeared in court that the social workers had taken the victim to a safe place without communicating with the investigating officer. This therefore led to the investigator being unable to make contact with the victim. As the gender office we urge all stakeholders to work together in cases like this so as to ensure the speedy conviction of rape suspects,” said Magadla.

The Witness reported that the suspect went back to the woman’s house after accompanying his girlfriend to a family function in another part of Ladysmith.

When the woman opened the door for the suspect, who had pretended to have come back to fetch some money which was left behind by his girlfriend, the man raped the woman four times. She was found by neighbours walking in the street naked and when questioned, told the people about her ordeal. The suspect was found hiding in the outside toilet at the victim’s property.


  • george.pistorius - 2012-10-16 08:42

    Sick Fu#k!!!

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-10-16 09:11

      We hear of men raping woman, but raping old woman like this must get the death penalty, such a man cannot be allowed to live with us

  • Perfume5 - 2012-10-16 08:44

    Now our elderly are being targeted. The courts need to STOP GIVING THESE RAPISTS R500 BAIL!!!!! They get let out on bail to commit the same crime over and over again. This is flippin sick

  • kaveek.jimmy - 2012-10-16 08:48

    How low can one go ? In South Africa nothing sick is off the table .. if it is twisted and morally disgusting we lead the way. Hope both these b@stards find well endowed prisoners to return the favour day in .. day out

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-10-16 08:57

    Another "presidential pardoned prisoner" ruining people's lives. Rapists should be handed over to the communities for some "special treatment".

  • - 2012-10-16 08:57

    Many of the rapes of old old ladies are fanned by sangomas. Its sad. Muti killings and rape of old people is a cancer that has to be removed from society. Sangoma prescriptions have all these weird beliefs about human body parts and sex with old people.

  • jbooyse - 2012-10-16 09:03

    Bring back the death penalty !!!

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-10-16 09:04

    I find it strange that these morons are still regarded as human in our constitution. They are not human enough to have human rights. In fact, they dont deserve to live another day.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-10-16 09:04

    Seriously? A 91 year old granny? How do you even get hard for that? What a sick lot you are!

  • sbisschoff - 2012-10-16 09:14

    Absolutely sickening. Give these monsters the death penalty.

  • danielle.vlok - 2012-10-16 09:18


  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-16 09:33

    Castrate the mongrel, and let him bleed to death! Filthy, effing guttersnipe!

  • Ketshabile - 2012-10-16 09:34

    That's so sad! Even animals are better than some men. There are lots of single women out there

  • Ketshabile - 2012-10-16 09:35

    That's so sad! Even animals are better than some men. There are lots of single women out there

  • jess.wags.5 - 2012-10-16 09:41

    Also dont give to beggars that come to your door.It opens up a can of worms. Rather donate surplus items and food to a charity.

  • janpaul.roux - 2012-10-16 09:51

    hang the F@ck!!!

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-16 09:58

    pls send that guy to MARIKANA SOMBLIEF

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-10-16 10:14

    cut his off and make them eat it..... sick f..kers.

  • civil.moabi - 2012-10-16 10:19

    bring back death penalty

  • briana.scott - 2012-10-16 11:58

    Brings a whole new meaning to - Bite the hand that feeds you. Disgusting. Savage.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-10-16 14:06

    what's wrong with people, raping an 91 yr old, worse your girlfriend's grandmother, what next, grandfathers? Nxa People are sick.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-10-16 19:24

    Hang all rapists. Whether victem is 12 or 90. Let them swing..

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