NPA: Nicholas Ninow was in possession of drugs during arrest

The man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in 2018 is set to spend a month at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.

FILE: Nicholas Ninow, who is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant, briefly appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 28 November 2018. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says the bag of white powder found on alleged rapist Nicholas Ninow during his arrests has been identified as Cat.

The 20-year-old accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in 2018 is set to spend a month at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, where he will be examined.

He will be assessed for the next 30 days by a team of four health professionals, three psychiatrists and one psychologist.

According to submissions in 2018, he was diagnosed as being bipolar in 2013.

It’s suspected that Ninow has been a substance abuser since his teenage years.

“Police made a discovery of a white powdery substance, that was taken for forensic tests. And the tests revealed that the powder was a drug called Cat,” NPA Gauteng spokesperson Phindi Louw-Mjonondwane.

Ninow is expected back in court in February.

Additional reporting by Gia Nicolaides.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)