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Nine youths in court for gang rape

 Bloemfontein - Nine youths, including five minors, appeared in the Heilbron Magistrate's Court on Friday in connection with the gang rape of a 24-year-old woman, said Free State police.

Constable Peter Kareli said the case against the boys was postponed to March 1 as the boys did not have legal representation.

File image - A rape evidence kit. Photo: Andrew Ingram. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The five minors were released into the custody of their guardians.

Police said the youths, aged between 15 and 19, were arrested after an attack on a couple returning from a family gathering in the Phiritona area.

A group of boys assaulted the man and woman, demanding money and cellphones.

The woman's husband escaped and ran for help.

The police were contacted and a search for the woman begun.

Kareli said the woman was later found near an open field.

She said she had been taken to a quarry and repeatedly raped by the youths. - Sapa

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