State requests more time in Cape Town serial rapist case

2016-05-18 13:52
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Cape Town - The State has requested an additional three months for further investigation into the case against a man accused of at least 23 rapes committed over the past five years.

The 33-year-old suspect made a brief appearance in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, where cases of robbery and assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm were also added to the charge sheet.

The man was nabbed in Epping last Monday. At the time, seven victims had been traced.

The State said it needed more time to locate the rest of the complainants, who are aged between 18 and 28. Some are currently in the Eastern Cape.

Forensic evidence linked the man to the rapes, committed over an extended period in Delft and Khayelitsha.

According to police, the man followed and threatened his victims before robbing them of jewellery and money.

Two men were previously questioned by police and released, while another two were accused by residents of being involved in the attacks.

All four were found to not have been involved, but were killed in mob justice incidents.

The suspect told the court he would not be applying for bail and the matter was postponed to August 18 for further investigation.

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