Teen in court for gouging out girl's eye

2012-05-04 12:54

Durban - The teenager accused of raping his 8-year-old neighbour and gouging out her eye appeared to be the picture of innocence, onlookers in the Mtunzini Magistrate’s Court said on Thursday.

The 15-year-old boy was appearing for a preliminary report relating to a different case - the alleged assault in a school toilet of another 8-year-old girl, for which he faces an attempted murder charge.

Later on the same day he allegedly raped his 8-year-old neighbour in a sugarcane field, for which he already faces rape and attempted murder charges.


The boy was transported from a KZN hospital for Thursday's court appearance and was returned there afterwards. He was meant to appear on Tuesday but doctors were apparently reluctant to allow him to leave the hospital on that day.

The boy was accompanied by his mother, who held his hand as she led him through the court building, her eyes downcast.

He looked sombre and confused. Social workers and an assistant to the investigating officer made up the rest of the entourage.

The toilet-assault victim’s family was not present. Her mother said she was not in court as she was attending a prayer meeting in Gingindlovu to pray against “satanism in the area”.

She said a large group also prayed for her daughter and the other 8-year-old, as well as the suspect.

High-ranking government officials were also present.

The preliminary report was heard in the magistrate’s chambers.

Sources at the court told The Witness that there was pressure from politicians regarding the cases. A court official was heard telling social workers to make sure they “get it right” and pay attention to their paperwork.

“Parliament [and] the politicians want this finalised because it is high profile. They want constant updates because it has raised an outcry in the country,” said the source.

Mentally disturbed

The accused teen’s grandmother said she had not spoken to or seen him since last week.

“If I want to find out anything I have to phone the police. I am hoping to visit him in hospital on Friday. I am told that when he was taken to hospital he started banging his head against the wall. I am worried.

“This is very painful and now I hear that he is mentally disturbed. When he was 3-years-old he bumped his head badly and was in hospital. His mind was slow after that and schools didn’t want to take him.

“His mother couldn’t even get him into a school for special needs children,” she said.

She said the boy was sent to live with her because his mother believed that children who grew up in rural areas did not misbehave, like city children do.

The boy’s mother was contacted for comment, but said she had been advised not to speak to the media.

The matter has been transferred to the child justice court and the case was adjourned until May 10 for a bail application.

The teen will appear at the Gingindlovu Periodical Court on May 25 for the rape and attempted murder case.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-04 13:07

    I see high ranking government officials were in attendance so that the mentally ill could support the mentally ill.

      Leah - 2012-05-04 13:15

      You made my day

      Rob - 2012-05-04 17:44

      Yep. A good bump on the head normally makes one want to rape & gouge out an eye. FFS !

  • Sphiwe - 2012-05-04 13:19

    "Teen held for gouging out eye in court". Where were the court orderlies when someone can gouge an eye in court?

      Marion - 2012-05-04 14:57

      I'll throw you with this stone if you don't stop taking the mickey! :)))

  • Sharon - 2012-05-04 13:21

    Parliament [and] the politicians want this finalised because it is high profile. They want constant updates because it has raised an outcry in the country” Disappointing to see that not every rape in South Africa is regarded as high priority.

      Dhavandran - 2012-05-04 13:59

      its vote buying time again.

      Keith - 2012-05-04 15:03

      You have it right Sharon. None of it should be accepted. All of it should be high priority.

  • sjhuman1 - 2012-05-04 13:29

    I say cut out his eyes, chop off his hands snip off his balls and penis. If you want to be a filthy animal you should be treated accordingly! This country needs to bring back corporal punishment where criminals get the death sentence if they murder, not a slap on the wrist.

  • Simon - 2012-05-04 13:30

    News24 I am sure the headline grammar is incorrect, hence renders itself misleading. Without a comma between eye and in, you make it seem as if while the teen was in court he then then decided to gauge out his or someone else's eye. Sort it out please

  • Loo - 2012-05-04 13:35

    FORGET the grammar.. isn't this just shocking .. I don't have anything else to say

  • Dhavandran - 2012-05-04 13:58

    this schabirism syndrome has become an easy way out of jail. i say give him to the public for punishment and he will be cured.

  • Simon - 2012-05-04 14:04

    They have changed the headline, SANITY PREVAILS and kuddos to you for owning up to your error

  • Shanelle - 2012-05-04 14:11

    I am a little confused, in a previous article the granny said he was a "normal child", now the granny says that "his mind was slow", is this to get a lenient sentance or what? The article also says "The victim’s grandmother also described the suspect as a “normal” child." what gives???

      Marion - 2012-05-04 15:04

      @Shanelle - I'm also very confused by these conflicting stories. I thought that there might be a possibility of schizophrenia and he should be psychiatrically(? spelling) evaluated as it was reported that he had been hearing voices since Easter. Also hadn't realized that both the attacks happened on the same day.

      Liz - 2012-05-04 16:57

      In all probability this person is psychotic and from reports in KZN papers his observed behaviour in hospital suggests this. Please do not judge the granny harshly this has been a very traumatic experience for her and she is probably completely overwhelmed herself. From my own experience with psychotic children - it is very scary - their hallucinations are real and terrifying for them and commonly a totally messed up family contributes to the problems. I am appalled by what he did but I do not concur with those who seem to want to pull him apart limb by limb. Let the court proceedings and proper psychiatric assessments do their work.

  • Krish - 2012-05-04 14:30

    This news as well as the other 5 boys rape cases were on CNN yesterday.

      Marion - 2012-05-04 15:05

      Ja well no fine! But it is good that things like this receive international attention because that could put pressure on the government to do something.

  • Christine - 2012-05-04 14:35

    If he can rape at the age of 15, imagine what he can do at 16?

      Shanelle - 2012-05-04 15:19

      And I am sorry to say this but whether he is slow or not, or whatever his age is, he shouldn't be allowed out. At my age I find it hard to kill a spider nevermind taking someones eyes out. I don't think you can come back from that esp. at that age. And did he try to take out both eyes so that she couldn't identify him? Then I am sorry he should be tried as an adult.

      bulelani.jokweni - 2012-05-06 20:51

      Ts obviously that he will be twice rapin and the half

  • Henry - 2012-05-04 14:59

    This is really a sensitive matter, because no 1 is eligible to be raped and also the victims in this matter are the parents. No parent in his proper sense sends a child out to be naught. Just imagine how 1 would fill if it was his child. It's high time that peer pressure should be addressed accordingly. In this case, especially the society should just let the law take it's cause.

      Liz - 2012-05-04 17:06

      I am not sure that I understand you - but there are a lot of children being brought into the world when there are no "parents" ready to support them and care for them. Until people realise that bringing a child into the world is a huge commitment - a lot of children are suffering and sadly some will become monsters.

  • Mpume - 2012-05-05 17:03

    Maybe this teen is possessed by the demons there is nobody who can do such an evil deed.This is disgusting!!He must rot in jail

  • bmaestro - 2012-05-25 08:07

    evil creature

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