Trial date of 'Dros rapist' revealed at Pretoria high court

The man accused of raping a seven-year-old leaves the court room in the Pretoria magistrate's court on November 1 2018.
The man accused of raping a seven-year-old leaves the court room in the Pretoria magistrate's court on November 1 2018.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

The trial of the so-called Dros rapist will start on September 9 in the Pretoria high court and is expected to finish on September 20.

He is facing these five charges:

  • Rape;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Drug possession;
  • Assault; and
  • Defeating ends of justice.

The man, who legally cannot be named until he has pleaded, briefly appeared in the Pretoria magistrate's court on Tuesday.

Members in the gallery reportedly shouted at the man, accused of raping a seven-year-old girl at a Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria, asking him to show his face.

The man was declared fit to stand trial on February 8 by the Pretoria magistrate’s court.

He was admitted to Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, where he was evaluated by three psychologists and a psychiatrist.

He has been in custody since September 2018, when the incident allegedly happened.


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