Suspect arrested for rape of physically challenged woman

A 52-year-old woman was raped by a 32-year-old man in the early morning of Sunday, 19 April 2020 at Acornhoek near Bushbuckridge, South Africa

The report indicates that on that day, the woman with a disability was asleep at her house in Cottondale Trust when she was woken up by a man who had forcefully entered her bedroom. The man then threatened to harm her, ordered her to undress herself, raped her, thereafter fell asleep next to the victim.

The victim then managed to escape, screamed for help, and was rescued by her brother whom she relayed the ordeal to. Her brother then immediately rushed to her bedroom, where he found the suspect indeed sleeping and woke him up but upon realizing that he was cornered, he managed to abscond the scene.


Police were notified about the incident and they responded to the scene where a case of rape was opened for investigation purposes.

The police managed to make a breakthrough at which the suspect was arrested yesterday, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 and he is still expected to appear at the Acornhoek Magistrates’ Court today facing a charge of rape.

The police management in Mpumalanga Province has welcomed the arrest and applauded the sterling work done by the astute members, who ensured that the man is put behind bars. The management further indicated that this suspect should be protracted to a lengthy sentence.

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