The Police in Hoedspruit have arrested 24-year-old male suspect for allegedly raping a 13-years-old girl on Friday, 17 November 2023 at Scotia village outside Hoedspruit in Mopani District.
According to the information available at this stage, it is alleged that the suspect who was called to fix water tank as a plumber at the victim’s homestead on Friday 17 November 2023 at about 16:00 in the afternoon has raped the victim while her mother was away from home.
It is alleged that in the process of working on the tank, the suspect suddenly grabbed the victim and threatened to stab her with a knife, subsequently raped her in the absence of the mother.
It is reported that the victim related the incident to her mother on the same day when she came back home and the incident was reported at Hoedspruit police station and the docket was transferred to Phalaborwa Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.
The Police have successfully tracked down the suspect on Saturday, 18 November 2023 and arrested him for rape and contravention of immigration act.
The suspect is expected to appear before Hoedspruit Periodical Court on Monday, 20 November 2023.