Nelspruit - A man accused of raping a woman during a robbery was afraid he would be poisoned in jail, the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court heard on Wednesday.
Siboniso Sithole, 25, told magistrate Willie Wilkens his former friend, Sipho Mkhabela, 31, who was in the same prison, was threatening him.
“He is also in the kitchen and I am afraid that he can poison my food because he's always making threats,” Sithole said.
Sithole was facing charges of rape, attempted murder, robbery, armed robbery and housebreaking.
He has pleaded not guilty.
“I will write to the warrant officer investigating your case that you are afraid. I will write it in the report so that they can move you to another section,” Wilkens said.
Mkhabela opened an attempted murder case against Sithole after he was shot in the back.