State requests second interview with victim in Verulam rape case

State requests second interview with victim in Verulam rape case

The State wants a second interview with the 10-year-old girl whose stepfather allegedly raped her at least 900 times over a five-year period. 

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This emerged in the Verulam Magistrate's Court today, as the 43-year-old accused made another appearance via a video link from Westville Prison - where he's being detained after being refused bail. 

The man was arrested in June after members of the Riet Rivier community - north of Durban - uncovered the alleged abuse. 

He's facing charges of rape, sexual assault, grooming and exposing a child to pornography. 

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The court has heard that the State is still waiting for DNA test results as well as a psychological report on the child and that the prosecution team wants to interview her again. 

She has already been interviewed once, but the State says it needs further statements. 

The second interview will have to take place during the next school holidays and has been scheduled for December, 10.

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There was a glitch with the video link today and the accused will appear in court in person next week for administrative purposes. 

After that, the case will be back before the magistrate on December 13. 

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