Teen rape ac­cused to be men­tally as­sessed

The Herald (South Africa) - - Front Page - Devon Koen koend@ti­soblack­star.co.za

A teenager ac­cused of a hor­rific kid­nap­ping and rape will see a psy­chol­o­gist be­fore stand­ing trial af­ter his lawyer said it needed to be es­tab­lished if the boy, who was 16 when he and an­other man al­legedly at­tacked a woman wait­ing for a lift to work, would be able to un­der­stand the court process.

The teenager, along with a 26-year-old man, is charged with rape, kid­nap­ping, “point­ing of any­thing which is likely to lead a per­son to be­lieve is a firearm” and rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances.

Nei­ther of the ac­cused can be named as the teenager is a mi­nor and the other man has not yet pleaded to the charges.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, at around 6am on July 17 2017, the woman, who may not be named as she is an al­leged rape vic­tim, was wait­ing near her Bell Road, Gel­van­dale, home for her trans­port to work, when a white VW Golf stopped and two males jumped out of the car.

“One, wield­ing what is al­leged to be a firearm, grabbed the woman and forced her into the car while the other man grabbed her hand­bag,” it says.

It is be­lieved there were three males in the car.

The car then stopped at the Gel­van­dale Sports Ground, where the two males and the woman got out be­fore the car was driven off.

The woman was then al­legedly led to a nearby bushy area and raped by the two.

Af­ter the rape, the teenager al­legedly fled, leav­ing the 26year-old and the woman be­hind.

At some stage, the woman re­ceived a call from her em­ployer, which the man is said to have an­swered.

When the woman’s em­ployer called again, the phone was switched off and the man then al­legedly robbed the woman of her watch and ear­rings.

The man has been in cus­tody since his ar­rest, while the teenager was re­leased on bail and is un­der house ar­rest.

On Wed­nes­day, the 17-yearold’s de­fence ad­vo­cate, Jo­dine Co­ertzen, told the Port El­iz­a­beth High Court that the boy had been sched­uled to con­sult with his psy­chol­o­gist on Tues­day, but the ap­point­ment had been can­celled at the be­hest of the men­tal health prac­ti­tioner.

“I spoke to the psy­chol­o­gist, who said he would give a short re­port [to de­ter­mine if the ac­cused could un­der­stand court pro­ceed­ings],” Co­ertzen said.

The teenager’s fam­ily claimed that he had at­tended a school for young­sters with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and had dif­fi­culty in com­pre­hend­ing cer­tain things, Co­ertzen said.

Co­ertzen told judge Glenn Goosen that the teenager was sched­uled to see his psy­chol­o­gist at 4.30pm on Wed­nes­day.

Goosen agreed to post­pone the mat­ter to Thurs­day.

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