State to op­pose bail in se­rial rape case

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ASANDA SOKANYILE

THE 24-year-old sus­pected se­rial rapist stood de­fi­ant in the dock of the Khayelit­sha Mag­is­trate’s Court af­ter he was caught by po­lice in the East­ern Cape ear­lier this week.

The man, who can­not be named un­til he has pleaded, faced Mag­is­trate Car­men Wyn­gaard as State pros­e­cu­tor Le­an­dre Spiel­man read out his bail pro­file.

Spiel­man told the court the State would op­pose bail against a back­ground of four cases to which the man may be linked. DNA had been taken from the vic­tims, and tests were on­go­ing. Spiel­man said that in 2012 an 18-year-old vic­tim re­ported a rape in­ci­dent to a fam­ily friend. Tests were done the same day and the rape was con­firmed. The ac­cused also has other con­vic­tions and a six-month sus­pended sen­tence fol­low­ing his ar­rest in

The ac­cused al­legedly fol­lowed his vic­tims

Stut­ter­heim this year. He was ar­rested in Stut­ter­heim this week af­ter a war­rant for his ar­rest was is­sued this month.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesman Cap­tain Fred­er­ick van Wyk, the ac­cused al­legedly fol­lowed his vic­tims early in the morn­ing as they were walk­ing to school, then threat­ened them with a knife. He robbed them of their be­long­ings be­fore al­legedly tak­ing them to a de­serted area nearby, where he raped them. It is al­leged that be­tween Septem­ber 2011 and Au­gust 2012 five girls aged be­tween 10 and 18 were raped and robbed of cell­phones and money in Harare, in Khayelit­sha.

Wyn­gaard post­poned the case to Novem­ber 15, pend­ing an ID pa­rade for one of the other pos­si­ble charges and to Novem­ber 17 for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion, pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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