A chilling glimpse into paedo accused's house of horrors
Bail hearing told of other allegations against man accused of raping 10-year-old stepdaughter nearly 1,000 times
The man accused of raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter close to 1,000 times has a history of brutal violence and threatening behaviour, including:
sexually assaulting the little girl from when she was just five years old;
physically assaulting his parents on two separate occasions; and
threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend and making her death look like a suicide.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, also deliberately lathered his fingers with acid to burn off his fingerprints, seemingly to prevent him being linked to other crimes.
These horrific and jarring details emerged in front of a packed – and shocked – gallery at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, as the man applied for bail.
In opposing his bid for bail on Tuesday, the state sought to paint the 44-year-old mechanic as a man predisposed to violence and prone to sexual deviancy.Prosecutor San Bhartu used the testimony of investigating officer Nevarge Lutchminarain to drive home that the man, who sat hunched over in the dock, posed a danger to society.
Lutchminarain, of the Verulam Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, said that he had conducted a four-hour interview with the girl after her stepfather had been taken into custody.
Her statement, he said, drew back the veil on her systematic rape at the hands of her stepfather as often as every second night.
Not only had he penetrated her, but used all manner of dildos and phallic sex toys to penetrate her, Lutchminarain said.
The officer said that even while in custody, the man had issued threats to all those who he felt had contributed to his incarceration.
“I spoke to the applicant and he told me to pass on a message to the victim, specifically not to forget what he had promised her. When I spoke to her she said that the applicant had told her that if she went to the police they would both be locked up and that he would put her in the same place he put her mother,” he said.
The girl’s mother is understood to have died in 2013.Despite the man’s assertions in a sworn statement that he had no previous convictions, Lutchminarain testified that he had two convictions for assault in 2005 and 2006 for attacking his mother and father.
In bolstering the state’s stance that the man was predisposed to violent behaviour, the detective cited a statement made by an ex-girlfriend in applying for a protection order in 2017.
“He said that he would kill me and make my death look like a suicide. I was scared for my safety and the safety of my mother,” the excerpt read.
“If the court will look at the applicant’s hands you will see that he has no fingerprints. He told us that he had burnt his fingerprints off with acid and that is why we are having trouble to see if he is linked to other crimes. We have taken DNA samples to help us with that,” the officer said.
His Legal Aid attorney‚ Mondli Mthethwa, said that his client would strenuously deny all the testimony of Lutchminarain, and that failing to disclose his previous convictions had been a misunderstanding.
Childline’s Joan van Niekerk said that if the man was released on bail, it may affect the girl’s state of being even though she is being cared for in a place of safety.“Children who know their offender is out in the community often struggle with fear and anxiety issues and that interferes with their day-to-day environment. I hope that bail is refused because this will only be of benefit to the girl in this case,” she said.
Van Niekerk added that the child victim would likely require extensive therapy to address years of alleged abuse, something that state institutions were hard-pressed to provide.
“The majority of our children never see a therapist and if she is in a children’s home they have social workers that deal with the day-to-day care but don’t have skills to provide the therapy that the child would need.
“This is the reality for abused children; they very seldom have the opportunity to have therapeutic intervention,” she added.
The bail application is expected to continue on Thursday...