‘Rapist stepfather’ back in court

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‘Rapist stepfather’ back in court

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Phoenix Durban

An image of the accused during his arrest in June.

The Verulam man accused of allegedly raping his stepdaughter more than 900 times, made his first court appearance for 2019 at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The 43-year-old man allegedly began sexually assaulting his stepdaughter shortly after the death of her mother some years ago.
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He was arrested in June after being assaulted by the community and is facing charges of sexual assault, sexual grooming and child neglect.
Prosecutor, San Bhartu said the 10-year-old girl claimed in an interview that she had been raped every second day between 2013 and 2018.

The court ordered that the child be re-interviewed during the school holidays for the second time.
The case was postponed to Friday, January 18.
The accused, who is being represented by Legal Aid, was brought to court from Westville Prison where he is being held in custody.
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In July 2018, chief magistrate Irfaan Khalil refused bail on the basis that the accused was found to be a threat to society and to the child.
The child remains in a place of safety.
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