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Cape Town - A five-year-old girl allegedly raped by a Mitchells Plain man needs counselling to establish the extent of the trauma she endured.
Prosecutor Amanda Koopman told the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday that senior prosecutors consulted the child and advised that she saw a counsellor.
Desmond Wolmarans, 58, has been charged with raping the girl in his house in March, in exchange for lollipops and sweets.
According to the investigating officer’s evidence, the girl had been playing outside Wolmarans’s house on March 6.
Later, when the family could not find her, residents launched a large-scale search.
The State alleges Wolmarans put tape across her mouth, put her in a cupboard and told her to keep quiet.
Police had visited Wolmarans’s house twice but did not find the girl.
Wolmarans allegedly told his daughters where the girl was but en route to his house he jumped off a vehicle and fled. He was on the run for a day. His daughters found the girl.
On Tuesday, Wolmarans appeared in court via a video link from Pollsmoor Prison. Magistrate Walter Golding denied Wolmarans bail.
His Legal Aid lawyer, who did not want to be named, objected to the prosecution’s request for a postponement saying her client had been in custody since March. Koopman replied that only a victim impact report was outstanding. Golding granted a final postponement to November 19.