Dangerous alleged rapist set free yesterday afternoon! WMACA asks is this very poor training or corruption?May 10th, 2013
A 14-yr old girl, took police to a room at the back of a shop in Discovery Florida, Jonannesburg, on Tuesday 7 May, and identified a shopkeeper as the man who had raped her. The alleged rapist was then arrested. The young girl had been sent by her mother to buy a loaf of bread from the shop – the young girl was dragged to the back of the shop, held at gunpoint and raped 3 May. We are shocked and angry that the police released this dangerous child rapist yesterday 9 May, back into this community before concluding a thorough investigation! The alleged rapist is from Pakistan – a flight risk! According to the Prosecutor at the Roodepoort Court who said that the police had not yet followed prescribed procedures and had not taken a blood sample from the alleged suspect required as crucial evidence to be used to match DNA samples taken from the victim during the medical. He also said that the medical, which said that sexual penetration could not be excluded, was not enough evidence and he therefore made the decision to remove this case off the court’s roll until further investigation! When asked who would be accountable if this man rapes again, while an investigation takes place, he said the police! According to the young girl’s grand-mother who accompanied the victim and the police, the alleged rapist at the time of his arrest denied knowing the girl but at the same time kept apologising to her!. The traumatised girl disclosed her horrific ordeal to a school friend, Tuesday 7 May, and the school management then alerted the child’s family who took the child to the nearest police station. The young victim could clearly identify the perpetrator and described the room before the alleged rapist was arrested. The investigating officer did not remove any items or possessions of the rapist from the room which could be used for forensic investigation. According to the investigating officer, the young girl had not mentioned blankets or specific items, which were clearly visible in the room at the time of the alleged rapist’s arrest; therefore she did not see the need to remove anything. WMACA has sent reports to SAPS and to the NPA demanding that every effort is made to get this case into the courts as soon as possible and that a blood sample is taken from the alleged rapist who must be held in custody! The police have let a child victim and this community down . We want a full investigation into the mishandling of this case by the State’s own ‘gatekeepers’, police and court officials. Why were specialised police members not assigned to this serious case of child rape? We want to see accountability and action taken for duties not performed and we want to know why was prescribed protocols not carried out. WMACA will attend and monitor the court hearings as well as SAP’S following investigations.