Lawyer tells court Dros rape suspect was assaulted by police

Nicholas Ninow is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in the capital in September.

Nicholas Ninow, who is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant, appears in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 2 October 2018. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The lawyer representing the Dros rape suspect has told the Pretoria Magistrates Court that his client was assaulted by police at the Silverton station shortly after being arrested.

Nicholas Ninow is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in the capital in September.

The child was attacked in the bathroom at the family restaurant and Ninow was arrested shortly afterwards.

The 20-year-old 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.

Ninow’s lawyer, Riaan du Plessis, abandoned his bid for bail but told the court that his client had been assaulted both at the Dros restaurant on the day of the rape and while he was in police custody.

The State says it will be working to gather evidence for a water-tight case, including telephone records from the accused.

“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 National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.

It’s unclear whether Du Plessis will bring a bail application in the near future, however, the NPA has said it would oppose any application.

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At the same time, the NPA has indicated to the court that it will be sourcing Ninow’s cellphone records, as well as requested that his device be confiscated.

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.