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CT woman raped, held captive for over 24 hours in Newlands Forest

The 28-year-old woman managed to escape after being held captive for more than 24 hours.

Newlands Forest. Picture: Wikimedia Commons/S Molteno.
Rape,Newlands Forest
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CAPE TOWN - A 28-year-old University of Cape Town (UCT) woman managed to escape after she was raped and held captive for more than 24 hours in Newlands Forest.

She was attacked while jogging on Tuesday evening.

The police’s Andre Traut said, "A 28-year-old female was attacked by a suspect on Tuesday evening in Newlands Forest, held captive and raped in an isolated area. She managed to escape last night and reported the incident to the police."

It’s understood the woman was able to break free and run away when her rapist forced her to walk to a garage.

She’s now recovering in hospital.

UCT has condemned the attack, saying they are working closely with authorities to bring the perpetrator to book.

It says the latest crime bears similarities to three previous attacks near Rhode’s Memorial, indicating the assailant could be the same person.

Police says it’s too early to link the incident to other similar cases in the area in recent weeks.

TOKAI FOREST MURDER

Meanwhile, three men have been charged with the murder of sixteen-year-old Franziska Blöchliger, whose body was found in the Tokai forest earlier this week

The teenager was walking with her mother when she decided to go off ahead of her. She then disappeared.

Police suspect she was strangled.

On Tuesday, Franziska’s parents Florian and Shireen, opened up to journalists as they recounted the events that led to the discovery of their daughter’s body.

WATCH: Teen’s parents plead for help

(Edited by Shimoney Regter & Masechaba Sefularo)


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