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Family of Atlantis rape survivor says suspect already has criminal record

The accused, who was arrested four days after last week’s sexual assault, appeared in court on Friday.

Gavel on cuffs. Picture: SAPS

CAPE TOWN - The family of a 12-year old boy who was raped in Atlantis claim their child's alleged rapist already has a criminal record.

The accused, who was arrested four days after last week's sexual assault, appeared in court on Friday.

He's believed to have raped the boy in a field in the West Coast town more than a week ago.

The grandmother of the 12-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the child's identity, says police told her the accused reportedly has a history of violent crime.

"They looked in the book there at Correctional Services and told me the man was just there to sign papers for murder and rape."

She says she helped police find the 24-year-old after she and her grandson spotted him in town last Wednesday.

The grandmother claims the alleged perpetrator apparently attempted to grab the boy again.

State prosecutor Eugene van Rooi was unable to confirm the grandmother's accusation following the accused's first court appearance on Friday.

Van Rooi told the court the alleged perpetrator must go for an HIV test as soon as possible.

He's expected to appear in court on Thursday to make a formal bail application.

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