Ceres rape accused to apply for bail

The man accused of raping an infant and a seven-year-old boy made his second court appearance.

FILE: Outraged resident Shaun Moses outside the Ceres Magistrate’s Court where a 25-year-old man appeared in connection with the rape of two children. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Ceres farmworker arrested last week for the rape of a four-month-old baby girl and a seven-year-old boy earlier this month has indicated he intends applying for bail.

The 25-year-old suspect made his second appearance in the Ceres Magistrate's Court today.

However, it appears there's a delay in the investigation.

The case was initially postponed until today to give officials time to obtain outstanding DNA tests and witness statements. But this has not yet been finalised.

The accused was also due to stand in an identification parade but this is yet to happen.

The state told the court the seven-year-old victim is still receiving trauma counselling and they are awaiting a report from a forensic psychologist before the identification parade can take place.

The accused, who faces charges of rape and abduction, showed no emotion while in the dock, making no eye contact at all.

His bail hearing is expected to be heard on 11 September.

The children's families were present in court.