Pastor accused of raping child 46 years ago due back in court

2016-12-06 07:29
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Cape Town - The trial of a pastor accused of raping an 8-year-old girl 46 years ago was expected to continue in the Parow Regional Court on Tuesday.

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).

During the last court appearance, Baron's friend, retired fellow pastor Samuel Michaels, 66, denied events that were put to him by the defence relating to allegations dating back to the 1970s.

Michaels denied the woman's claims that when she was a child he took her to the Karl Bremer Hospital for treatment for an infection.

Defence lawyer Johannes Grobbelaar asked Michaels to cast his mind back several decades to remember events associated with the allegations relating to the complaint the woman lodged in November 2015.

Prosecutor Dercia Rabie read from the alleged victim's statement, which said Michaels would remember what happened.

"I told the big people about it when I was a child," Rabie read.

"When I began with the case, I found out how much people can lie. I found out that pastors can lie to you. Michaels is lying."

But Michaels denied he had known about what happened.

"Nobody told me about it until a case was lodged with the police," he said.

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