North West prosecutor faces statutory rape, sexual assault charges

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A North West prosecutor has been charged with rape.
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  • A North West senior prosecutor is out on bail after appearing in court in connection with several sexual offences.
  • The victim was 15 at the time of the alleged offences in 2019.
  • The prosecutor has also been served with a letter of suspension from the NPA.

A senior prosecutor has appeared in the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court in connection with various sexual offences committed against a minor in 2019.

The 45-year-old advocate, based in the North West office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, has been charged with statutory rape, sexual exploitation of children, sexual display or causing display of pornography, sexual grooming of children and sexual assault.

The victim was 15 years old in 2019 when the alleged offences were committed.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has since served the accused with a letter of suspension, said North West NPA spokesperson Henry Mamothame.

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The accused was granted R10 000 bail.

"In granting him bail, the magistrate cited his medical conditions which were supported by a medical report from his doctor. The magistrate further gave consideration to the fact that he had no previous conviction," said Mamothame.

"The State and the defence agreed on strict bail conditions which include that he will not apply for any passport; he is restrained from contacting the victim and the witnesses; and he is prohibited from leaving the North West province without the consent of the investigating officer."

An earlier application by the defence attorney to declare the accused's arrest unlawful was also dismissed by the court.

The case was postponed to 17 May for further investigation.

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