Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gang-raped woman in hiding

Gang-raped woman in hiding
January 10 2012 at 10:54am


TORTURE CHAMBER: The bed in the house where the woman was tied down, mutilated and gang-raped. It was here that she heard her son begging for his life when he was shot by his stepfather. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi


A MOTHER, gang-raped allegedly on the instruction of her estranged husband, assaulted by him, and left bereft after he allegedly shot dead her son, has gone into hiding.

Sources said she was discharged from hospital yesterday at her own request, and is now being cared for at a secret location where she is under constant police guard.

The placing of the woman and her teenage daughter in secret places of safety comes as police yesterday said they were closing in on the suspect and were confident of making an arrest soon.

Yesterday her son’s devastated friend, who had been with him on the day he died, said the the family had been everything to the 20-year-old, a University of Pretoria computer sciences student.

“He loved his mother so much and was very protective of her and the rest of his family,” said Marinus Cloete.

The suspect, named by family as Johannes Christiaan Kotze, 51, has been on the run since the attack, when he lured the woman to his rented home in Modimolle allegedly to discuss their divorce.

Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said an arrest was imminent.

“We will make sure he can’t escape. If he wants a showdown we will give him one.

“We will ensure that he is brought to book one way or another,” he said.

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