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The 20-year-old man accused of the rape of a toddler in the restrooms of the Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria appeared for a third time in the magistrates’ court to face charges relating to the incident.

NGOs, demonstrators and political parties packed the courtroom in anticipation of the accused arriving for the hearing.

At the last hearing in which the matter was postponed for further investigations, the accused, through his legal counsel, refused to assist the states inquiries by handing over his cellphone to authorities.

After entering the court with his case covered, prosecutors told the court that investigations into the matter were continuing.

Riaan Du Plessis told the court that his client has a history of mental illness. According to his lawyer, the accused has been using drugs since he was 14 years old, and that he was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in back in 2013. He has also spent time in rehab for substance abuse, according to submissions, and has attempted suicide on multiple occasions as a result of depression.

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Addressing the court, the defence asked the court to appoint a psychologist and an additional clinical psychiatrist to conduct an inquiry into the mental condition of his client. Court was adjourned following the postponement of the matter to November 28 and the accused has been allocated a bed at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria to undergo psychiatric observation.

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