Case against Atlantis rape suspect postponed

The 24-year-old was out on parole when a 12-year-old boy was sexually assaulted.

FILE: The grandmother of a raped Atlantis boy signing a petition opposing bail. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The case against an alleged child rapist has been postponed to next month.

The man has been accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in Atlantis several weeks ago.

The accused, who was out on parole at the time of the incident, had previously been convicted of the rape of another child in 2009.

The 24-year-old accused, wearing a grey long-sleeve shirt, entered the courtroom with his head held low and shoulders hunched. His relatives watched him intently, whispering his name to get his attention as he entered.

State prosecutor Renata Engelbrecht said they were still awaiting DNA and social worker reports and asked for the matter to be postponed.

Magistrate Phumla Ntobe postponed the matter to next month for further investigation.

The accused's parole has been revoked pending this matter and he will remain in police custody.