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Alleged NMU rapist has previous robbery conviction, now intends to plead guilty

Oct 6, 2017
Alleged NMU rapist has previous robbery conviction, now intends to plead guilty

While students picketed outside the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court, the 29-year-old man, who allegedly raped a 25-year-old Nelson Mandela University female student and stabbed another in an attack at the university's 2nd Avenue Campus computer labs on Monday night, notified the court that he intends to plead guilty on Monday. 

He also abandoned his bail application and will remain in custody.

It also emerged at the court that he has a previous conviction for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Brutal attack 

"On Monday, at about 19:30, a 25-year-old Nelson Mandela University  student was allegedly raped and her friend stabbed at the 2nd Avenue campus," said police police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu, then.

"The  two students were busy in the computer lab when the suspect entered and threatened them with a pair of scissors.

"One of the student’s was allegedly raped in the lab. Thereafter the  suspect took a computer box and monitor as well as a cell phone belonging to one of the victim’s."

She said that the suspect was arrested at around 15:00 on Wednesday afternoon in Govan Mbeki Avenue, in Central, Port Elizabeth, in possession of the computer and the cell phone.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga commended the FCS unit and all other units that played a major role in effecting the arrest.

"Reducing the incidence of crimes against women and children remains one of the key strategic priorities of the South African Police Service. The FCS unit  is a specialist environment established to deal with gender based violent crimes including sexual offences and to  protect the rights and dignity of victims of abuse by ensuring that these crimes are thoroughly investigated, perpetrators arrested and brought before court," added Maj Gen Siganga.