National 6.8.2016 06:19 am

Alleged rapist arrested while sitting in court

Photo: Topyaps

Photo: Topyaps

The suspect was allegedly part of a group of five men who broke into the house and robbed a family of electronic and other goods worth about R62 000.

Two Zimbabwean men who are accused of raping a woman and her two teenage daughters in their house in Rayton five years ago have a case to answer, a high court judge in Pretoria ruled. Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela dismissed the application by Progress Shoko and Howard Sekani for their discharge on charges of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and assault.

The men have denied guilt to charges of raping the mother and two of her daughters, then aged 15 and 17. The crime occurred after the family arrived home with three younger siblings on the night of March 12, 2011. Shoko and Sekani were allegedly part of a group of five men who broke into the house and robbed the family of electronic and other goods worth about R62 000.

The mother and her daughters all identified Shoko and Sekani as two of the men who had invaded their home that night. The eldest daughter testified in 2014 that Shoko had sexually assaulted her and her younger sister, then returned and did it again. She testified that Sekani had hit her over the back of her head with a firearm and that he had repeatedly kicked her all over her body.

She also identified a third suspect who was sitting in the public gallery in court during the trial. The man was arrested and will go on trial separately at a later stage. Shoko and Sekani were arrested after one of their victims recognised them when they were walking past the house the day after the robbery.

The elder daughter said she had recognised them because they were wearing the same clothing they had on during the attack. She said Shoko was also wearing her sister’s jacket, which he had removed from a cupboard during the robbery.

The accused maintained the three rape victims had contradicted each other to such an extent that their evidence should be rejected. The trial continues next week.

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