Police finally arrest child rape suspect
Police arrested the man suspected of raping and slitting the throat of a seven-year-old girl yesterday, following a report in The Star.
“It is alleged that on 20 November 2011 the suspect broke into his ex-girlfriend’s shack in a squatter camp in Palm Ridge, Eden Park,” said Captain Pinky Tsinyane in a statement.’¨’¨
“The mother was not there when he found her two children asleep.”‘¨’¨He allegedly raped the girl, then slit her throat. Her mother found the little girl choking in her blood when she returned to the shack at about 2am.
For two-and-a-half months, the police were unable apprehend the man ‘ even though they had the man’s name and workplace details.
As a result, the mother asked social workers to find a safe place for the child, who was discharged from Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital on Friday.
The child and her five-year-old brother, who witnessed her rape, have been placed in foster care.
After the story appeared in The Star yesterday, the police followed up at the suspect’s work in Wadeville.’¨’¨
“Yesterday [Tuesday] they received information that he was back at work, working night shift. He was arrested in his rented shack this morning [Wednesday] in extension two Katlehong,’ according to Tsinyane.
He is expected to appear in the Alberton Magistrate’s Court on charges of rape, attempted murder and house breaking.
The child’s mother, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, said she was very relieved to hear about the arrest.
‘This is very good news. I feel relief,’ said the 28-year-old unemployed mother.