Cape Town - The 57-year-old man charged with the rape of his neighbour’s one-year-old daughter has been set free due to a lack of evidence.
On Wednesday, police confirmed charges against him had been withdrawn provisionally while they await DNA test results.
After his release late on Tuesday night, the accused was taken to a secret location for his safety.
Provincial spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, Eric Ntabazalila, said a decision was made to release him while they await the DNA test results, which have been “prioritised”.
“I can confirm that after careful consideration of factors and analysis of the evidence in the docket, the State took a decision to provisionally withdraw charges against the accused pending the outcome of the DNA (tests),” he said.