Nicholas Ninow rape case postponed to March, declared fit for trial

Nicholas Ninow is accused of raping the young girl in the bathroom at the Silverton restaurant in September.

FILE: Nicholas Ninow appears in the Magistrates Court in Pretoria. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Pretoria Magistrates Court has ruled that Nicholas Ninow is fit to stand trial and has postponed his case to 5 March.

Ninow is accused of raping the young girl in the bathroom at the Silverton restaurant in September.

According to submissions made last year, he had previously undergone rehabilitation for substance abuse and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013.

However, the details of the Weskoppies Medical Report will only be made public after it's been submitted to the court.

Shortly after his arrest, his lawyers argued their client had been suffering from bipolar disorder and had a history with drug abuse from the age of 14.

Women and Men Against Child Abuse's Tania Otto said: “The delay tactics obviously didn’t work and I hope that the judge will not allow for further delay tactics. His excuses about drugs and being mentally unfit are just not washing. He must stand trial, it must be a speedy trial and justice must be served.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)