Correctional services denies Dros rape accused overdosed on drugs

Protesters, political parties and human rights organisations gathered in front of the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, where a 20-year-old man accused of raping a child at a Dros restaurant appeared.
Protests as 'Dros rapist' appears in court Protesters, political parties and human rights organisations gathered in front of the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, where a 20-year-old man accused of raping a child at a Dros restaurant appeared.

The department of correctional services has denied social media reports that Dros restaurant rape accused Nicholas Ninow was admitted at a hospital for a drugs overdose.

On Monday, #NotInMyName alleged that Ninow had been admitted to hospital after he injected himself with drugs.

“The department of correctional services (DCS) has noted with dismay a statement from #NotInMyName organisation, alleging that Nicholas Ninow overdosed on drugs.  Sadly, DCS was never asked nor engaged by the #NotInMyName on the circumstances which may have led to Mr Ninow being treated by medical professionals,” said department spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo.

“Nicholas Ninow reported at our healthcare facility for medical attention and was examined by DCS healthcare professionals who then recommended that he be transferred to an external medical centre for further examination.”

Nxumalo said Ninow’s health was stable and he was waiting to be discharged to a correctional services facility.

Ninow, 20, has been in custody since September last year, when he allegedly raped a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant in Pretoria. He faces charges of rape‚ possession of drugs‚ intimidation and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

His lawyers told the court that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in January 2013, and that he had undergone treatment for substance abuse as a teenager.

But in February, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria declared him fit to stand trial after a month-long psychiatric evaluation at Weskoppies.

He is expected back in court later this year.

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