The Pretoria CBD is set to be packed this morning (January 9, 2018) when the man accused of the brutal rape a seven-year-old minor girl in a Dros restaurant in Pretoria returns to the Magistrate’s Court this morning
'Dros rapist' back in court
The 20-year-old accused must appear in court today before he can be admitted to an institute for mental evaluation. Read more: https://t.co/bJqLlYRYXd#DrosRapist #rekordptaeast pic.twitter.com/LQNA1WHnaf
— Pretoria Rekord (@RekordNewspaper) January 9, 2019
Last year the matter was adjourned by the same court to the date of 16 January, with the proviso that the accused – who has yet to be named since he has not yet pled to the charges – would return to court before that date if a bed had been found for him at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.
According to Civil rights group #NotInMyNameSA, they claim to have information that the accused had finally been allocated a bed from where he could undergo mental evaluation in relation to his fitness to stand against the charged. Yesterday, the Tshwane Metro Police Department issued an advisory, warning motorists about street closures expected around the court due to the protests which have characterised the man’s court appearances, according to IOL.
“Streets in the CBD will be congested, so motorists are advised to avoid the affected streets and use alternative roads. Tshwane Metro Police and [SA Police Service] SAPS officers will be deployed to monitor the picket and all affected streets,” said TMPD spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba.
“Much to our dismay, [the man] is using insanity as a mitigating factor in his alleged rape of a seven-year-old child at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria. He was previously diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder but its relation and significance to his paedophilic act(s) is unbeknown.”
At the previous court appearance, on November 28, different political parties, religious organisations and activists lined up along Francis Baard Street as the matter was heard in court.
He faces charges of rape, possession of drugs, assault with intent to do bodily harm and intimidation.
The accused is alleged to have followed the little girl from the restaurant’s play area to the toilets where he raped her. The girl’s mother caught him in the act after she went looking for her child.