Thursday, March 8, 2012

#Johannesburg : Man in court for raping 33 girls

A 40-year-old man accused of raping 33 girls appeared in the Alberton Magistrate's Court on Tuesday morning.

The case was stood down for later on Tuesday to give the man's wife time to arrange his legal representation.

The man cannot be identified until he has pleaded.

The lawyer expected to represent him told the court the accused had approached him but he did not want to represent him.

The man is accused of raping 33 girls between the ages of 10 and 14. He also faces 33 counts of attempted murder. He was arrested in Eden Park at the end of January after one of the girls followed him to his home and alerted the police.

The girls, from Gauteng's East Rand areas of Katlehong, Thokoza, and Vosloorus, were apparently lured into the veld and raped between 2007 and 2011.

During an earlier court appearance he said he was convicted for rape in 1997 and released from prison in 2005.

He attempted to speak to the court about the merits of the present charges against him but was told he would have to speak to an attorney.

Because of the seriousness of the matter the case will be moved to a high court at a later stage.