The trial of the man dubbed the ‘Dros rapist’ is set to commence today, September 9, in the Pretoria High Court and is expected be wound up by September 20.
He is facing five charges, namely rape, kidnapping, drug possession, assault and defeating the ends of justice.
The man is accused of the brutal rape of a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant in Pretoria in September last year. The accused may not be legally named until he has entered a plea. This is in terms of section 154 of the Criminal Procedure Act.
Earlier this year, he was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, and was found mentally fit to stand trial. At a previous hearing, the accused’s legal representative placed on record that the man had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 and had been abusing drugs since the age of 14. “He also tried to commit suicide because of the severe depression of having bipolar [disorder],” the court was told.
There have been calls on social media for people to attend court this morning to show solidarity with the survivor and her family.