#DrosRape suspect remanded in custody, case postponed to 1 November

The 20-year-old made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

The man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant appears in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 2 October 2018. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - The man accused of raping a seven-year-old child at the Dros restaurant in Silverton will remain in custody after his case was postponed until 1 November.

Twenty-year-old Nicholas Ninow made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

He is facing several charges, including rape, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of drugs.

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has indicated to the court that it will be sourcing Ninow’s cellphone records and requested that his device be confiscated.

“As the State, we’ll be bringing applications where we feel there’s a need to do so in order to strengthen the investigation,” says NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.

An application was also brought forward by the media to record the court proceedings.

The court has ruled that pictures of Ninow may be taken in court, but recording may not be taken.

The matter has been postponed to November, and Ninow will remain in custody.