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Lawyer: Rape accused Verulam father a victim of police brutality

The defence has also questioned the State’s reliance on only the victim’s testimony and whether the police had been biased in their line of questioning when gathering evidence from potential witnesses.

FILE: A Verulam man, seated on the right, appeared in court on charges of rape and sexually grooming his 10-year-old stepdaughter. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

DURBAN - The defence lawyer for a man accused of raping his stepdaughter over a five-year period in Verulam has argued that his client should be released on bail because he’s been the victim of police brutality and intimidation.

The 43-year-old man has appeared in the Verulam Family Court on charges of sexual grooming, rape, sexual assault, exposing a child to pornographic material and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The suspect was handcuffed a few weeks ago after his now 10-year-old stepdaughter escaped their Verulam home.

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Defence lawyer Mondli Mthethwa has spent a significant amount of time of his cross-examination of investigating officer Nevarge Lutchminarain trying to argue that the State’s case is weak.

Earlier, the State alleged that the 10-year-old child had been the victim of rape and sexual assault around 900 times in the five-year period, which means she was attacked every second day.

The defence has also questioned the State’s reliance on only the victim’s testimony and whether the police had been biased in their line of questioning when gathering evidence from potential witnesses.

Mthethwa managed to have Lutchminarain concede that his testimony about alleged threats, made to the victim by the accused, have not been put in writing and signed under oath by his client.

Instead, the defence says their client will argue he’s the victim and that the case against him is fabricated.

The case has been postponed to Thursday, where the defence will have to argue why there are exceptional circumstances that warrant the accused’s released.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)