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Durban - BATTERED and bruised after being assaulted by residents of KwaDinidi in the Midlands, a 23-year-old has admitted to raping a 91-year-old woman.
The attacker, who made his first appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday, was arrested by police on Friday after residents apprehended him.
Asked what he intended to plead to the charge of rape, he said: “I did it. I did it all,” drawing shocked gasps from a packed public gallery.
He was remanded in custody until today, when he is expected to formally plead guilty.
The 91-year-old woman was raped in her home last Sunday night. She was about to go to bed in her single-room dwelling when she heard a knock on the door and on the window, which she ignored.
A short while later, an unknown man, armed with a knife, climb into her room through the window.
It is believed the man instructed her to lie on her bed and covered her face with a blanket. The frail woman was raped repeatedly until early the following morning.
It is alleged that the man threatened her at knifepoint and demanded cash. She handed over R250 that she had under the pillow and he fled.
There have been a number of attacks and rapes on the elderly in the Midlands and Pietermaritz-burg areas recently.
Two women, aged 94 and 82, from Swayimane in KwaZulu-Natal, were raped: a 74-year-old woman was assaulted, robbed and raped in her home in Bisley, Pietermaritzburg; and a 91-year-old woman was attacked in her home in Mills Circle in Hayfields, also Pietermaritzburg, where she was tied up and then raped twice before her assailant made off with cash and other items.