Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:10

The eight-year-old girl who was raped in a Dros restaurant has thanked the state for helping her.

The child, who testified in camera and via an intermediary room in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, detailed a different sequence of events to the one Ninow detailed in his plea explanation.

It was this material difference that led to the State to reject to his plea explanation, which meant that the matter would go to trial.

The girl's testimony was held in camera (behind closed doors), meaning that the media were not allowed to be present, but National Prosecuting Authority's spokesperson Phindi Louw Mjonondwane said the victim did well to rebut Ninow's version.

"We wish to commend the child. She did very well in her testimony, to try and rebut the version that was placed before court by the accused in his plea explanation," She said.

"The accused in his version said that the child found him in the bathroom, so it was important for the state to call the child to testify specifically about the sequence of events. That in fact, the accused person followed the child to the bathroom."

Mjonondwane said the State called the victim to testify to prove to the court that by following the victim, Ninow already had the intention to harm her.

The state will be arguing for life imprisonment.

Closing arguments will be heard on Thursday.

 

Courtesy of ENCA.