Nurse’s rape trial postponed

Crime & Courts

Bloemfontein - The trial of a Free State male nurse accused of raping a terminally ill cancer patient was postponed to next year in the Bloemfontein High Court on Monday.

Free State National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Phaladi Shuping, said the 33-year-old man’s new legal counsel needed to prepare for the case after the previous counsel withdrew.

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The nurse faces two counts of rape.

He was arrested after the woman said she had been raped during a night shift at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein.

The 50-year-old woman's husband told police the attack happened on October 15 last year.

The patient, who has since died, could not identify a woman nurse she said had held her down while she was raped.

The accused is out on bail. - Sapa

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