In a bid to reduce the levels of sexual offences, a 20 year old suspect is expected to appear in the Mmabatho Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 27 December 2017 for alleged rape.
The suspect’s court appearance follows an incident in which he allegedly raped a 17 year old girl at Ramosadi village near Mahikeng. The girl was allegedly on her way to a filling station at about 19:00 on Friday, 22 December 2017 when the suspect armed with a firearm approached her. It is alleged that the suspect then pointed the girl with the firearm, instructed her not to scream and dragged her to the nearby bushes where he raped her.
According to information available at this stage, it appears that the suspect took the victim to her residential place where he also raped her. The victim managed to escape and asked for help from her neighbors who quickly gathered outside the house.
Upon realizing that residents had gathered outside the house, the suspect allegedly attempted to flee, but was caught by the residents who allegedly assaulted him. He was taken to the local hospital where he is under police guard.
The police confiscated the suspect’s firearm and discovered that it was a toy gun.
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane welcomed the arrest and urged members of the community to refrain from taking the law into their own hands as that is unlawful and cannot be tolerated.
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