Accused cop ‘foiled hijacking’

2016-09-19 09:46
Rape suspect saved woman and her child and single handedly fought off armed hijackers earlier this year.

Rape suspect saved woman and her child and single handedly fought off armed hijackers earlier this year. (File)

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A local policeman charged with rape and attempted murder of a prostitute rushed to the rescue of a woman and her child and single-handedly fought off two armed hijackers in Randfontein earlier this year.

This evidence was led in the Pietermaritzburg regional court at the trial of police officer Riaan van Rensburg who is defending himself on charges that he raped a woman he had hired for sex, and then tried to stab her in a forest at World’s View on June 14, 2013.

Defence advocate Brad Osborne told regional magistrate Bhekizitha Phoswa the aim of the evidence was to demonstrate Van Rensburg’s skills in unarmed combat.

“I will argue at the end of the case that the complainant’s evidence that he [Van Rensburg] stabbed her and that after being injured she succeeded in getting away from him is highly improbable,” said Osborne.

Van Rensburg testified he was a former platoon commander in the SANDF parabats unit in charge of “special operations”. He had trained soldiers how to “subdue and if necessary kill the enemy” without weapons.

He has also been involved in training SAPS tactical response teams in unarmed combat.

Van Rensburg alleged in his evidence that he had oral sex and full intercourse with the woman with her consent in exchange for money. However, he alleged she became “angry” when he did not have an extra R100 on him to pay for oral sex and lashed out at him. He alleges she rushed at him with a stick and tried to assault him but he managed to grab it from her. She then fell on the ground.

Van Rensburg suggested she could have injured her hand when he grabbed the stick.

Asked about the incident in Randfontein on January 27 this year, Van Rensburg said he had been driving his wife and stepson to work and school when it happened.

While stopped in traffic at a stop street he noticed an “old model” black BMW with three men in it parked on the verge. He also saw a Pajero back out of the driveway of a nearby house and the woman driver get out to close the gate. As she walked back to her vehicle two of the men in the BMW jumped out and ran towards her.

“I stopped my vehicle and I told my wife to call the police and tell them an attempted hijacking is going down … I ran towards the Pajero. When I reached the vehicle the lady was by the door and the first male was also there. We basically got there at the same time. I noticed the male had a knife. I immediately took action and subdued the male by hitting him on his jaw with my elbow. He went flying over the bonnet. I then turned and the other male was behind me … As I turned he stabbed at me with a knife that he also had. I took the knife off the man and subdued him and arrested him.”

Afterwards he discovered the first male he had hit on the jaw had been “knocked out cold” and he too was arrested by police who arrived at the scene soon afterwards.

He also discovered the Pajero driver was with her nine-year-old daughter in the vehicle at the time of the attempted hijacking.

He was stabbed on his elbow during the incident.

The trial resumes on September 30.

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