Man in court for raping woman, 91

2012-10-16 13:10

Durban - A man accused of raping a 91-year-old woman has appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court, the Witness newspaper reported on Tuesday.

This was the fourth reported rape of an elderly woman in as many months in KwaZulu-Natal.

The 36-year-old man appeared in court on Monday and was due back on October 31 for a formal bail application.

The man allegedly gained entry to the woman's home in Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg, on October 5, by threatening her with a hammer.

He allegedly raped her and stole a wristwatch, computer monitor, keyboard, mouse and R300 in cash.

A source close to the investigation told the Witness the man was identified by the victim's gardener on CCTV footage.

"The gardener told us 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," the source was quoted as saying.

Three elderly women raped in recent months

The man was arrested at a beer hall on Retief Street on Friday. He faces charges of housebreaking with intent to rob, robbery with aggravating circumstances and rape.

Three elderly women have been raped in the province in recent months.

The Witness reported in August that a 60-year-old woman was raped and killed in KwaDambuza, Pietermaritzburg.

The woman's naked body was discovered by residents near a sewage pipe. Her face was severely beaten. Her partner identified the body by her limbs.

A 94-year-old was raped in her home in KwaSwayimani near Wartburg on July 23. A 39-year-old man who was accused of raping her was cleared in court on Monday.

According to the Witness newspaper, DNA test results showed that Ntuthuko Ndlela, 28, was not the assailant but he was still facing a robbery charge relating to another incident.

Another woman, 82, was raped in her house in Swayimane in August. No one has been arrested.

  • freedom.nation.5 - 2012-10-16 13:31

    wat the hell!!!! R this africans sick to rape the GOGOS. this is what is happening to SA. The working generations has no respect for their elders. I am so disgusted.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-16 14:06

    "begging for food and the victim would provide him with food" WTF, Old school, in contrast to the "popular" belief that "Apart Hate" was bad .... A dear old girl with a good heart.

  • yolandansimbi - 2012-10-16 14:27

    Rapists are evil and psychopathic.

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-10-16 14:30

    as a rule i encourage those dear to me to NEVER help beggars who come knocking on your door. again this article proves that they are low-life scum opportunists who will rape and murder you for a few rand when they get the chance. if you want to help people, donate money to a shelter or church.

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-10-16 14:51

      Lol, the minister needs a new Merc.

  • james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-16 15:19

    cehmical castration (upon conclusive DNA evidence) and life in jail - the only solution

      Gyspsydawn - 2012-11-16 16:40

      anybody with half a brain knows that rape is a power crime, not a sexual crime, castration does not take the urge away, though its a good start, after slow castration, a 9mm to the head will do! save us taxpayers a ton of money!! bring back the death penalty for such crimes I say!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-16 15:35

    There is just no sentence heavy enough for this trash.

  • hansie.duplessis.7 - 2012-10-24 10:30

    Apartheid was right!!!!!!! Africans are dogs

      kofi.ghanaman - 2012-11-15 09:31

      Hansie, Most Africans Are also disgusted by this rape madness. I think your comment is not fair to Africans. An apology is not out of place.

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