Man appears for rape of minors


Duane Petrus – A Bloemfontein man has appeared in court today, charged with raping two primary school girls at a cemetery in the city.
The girls, aged six and 11, were allegedly taken to South Park cemetery, where the crimes took place on 25 March and 8 April respectively.
Free State police spokesperson, Peter Kareli, says the 23-year-old accused previously had rape charges against him withdrawn due to a lack of evidence.
The previous charges relate to the rape of three girls, all under the age of 11.
He was also out on bail, in connection with an assault charge, when the two recent rapes took place.
Kareli says the investigating officer will start investigating the case which was withdrawn again, in an attempt to have it put on the court roll again.
The man will make his next appearance on 2 May, but it is not yet clear whether or not he will apply for bail.