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Dros Rape: Accused to appear in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court

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The 20-year-old man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl will appear at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 5 March 2019.

The alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl that took place at a Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria, in September 2018, caused a national uproar as social media users demanded the accused’s immediate arrest. The 20-year-old man, who cannot be named until he enters a plea, is expected to appear at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 5 March 2019.

This, after he was declared fit to stand trial at his last court appearance. The accused’s lawyer, Riaan du Plessis, had previously argued that there was a need for the accused’s mental state to be observed, as he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013. This led to the accused’s team asking the court to send him for mental observation and had him spend a month at the Westkoppies Psychiatric Hospital, where he underwent extensive evaluations. The state advocate Sanet Jacobson had submitted that “it was in the interests of justice” for the accused to be admitted to the Westkoppies Psychiatric Hospital for evaluations.

The accused’s team had also revealed that the accused had been using drugs since he was 14-years-old. Jacobson further argued that the accused’s criminal capacity might be a relevant issue to pursue, as he was found with methcathinone, a drug casually known as CAT.

The accused will appear at the Pretoria Magistrate’s court on Tuesday, 5 March 2019, where a trial date is likely to be announced.

Abenathi Gqomo
[email protected].za

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