Cape Town pastor on trial for 46-year-old rape allegation

2016-11-10 14:29
Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Cape Town - A pastor accused of raping an 8-year-old girl 46 years ago was on trial in the Parow Regional Court on Thursday.

Carl Baron, 77, a church pastor, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape.

The girl was allegedly raped outside the University of the Western Cape while on her way home from school, and then again at a church picnic in Oudtshoorn in 1970.

Baron was not a pastor at the time, but a member of the Emmanuel Pinkster Sendings Kerk (Emmanuel Mission Church).

Evidence heard during Thursday morning's cross-examination of witnesses looked at whether the church had been established at the time that the alleged rapes took place. The church was apparently only established in 1974.

Regional Magistrate Amanda van Leeve postponed the trial to November 30, for another witness to be brought to the court from Gauteng.

In March 2015, in another rape case dating back decades, Pretoria High Court Judge Bert Bam found tennis star Bob Hewitt guilty of raping Suellen Sheehan and Theresa "Twiggy" Tolken.

READ: Hewitt victim helps KZN matric pupil after rape

Hewitt had coached the women in the 1980s when they were teenagers. He was sentenced to eight years in jail for each rape, two years of which were suspended.

In the 1990s, he coached another teenage girl, who may not be named, and indecently assaulted her. For that he was sentenced to two years in jail.

After two failed appeals against his six-year sentence, he presented himself to Port Elizabeth prison authorities on September 20.

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