Rape ordeal ‘like a porn movie’

25/05/2006 07:19 – (SA)

Jackie Pienaar, Die Burger

Strand – A 25-year-old pregnant woman who was raped during a night of violence in Gordon’s Bay said on Wednesday her ordeal “was like a movie, like a pornographic movie”.

“Please, I’m pregnant,” she pleaded with her rapist. “I don’t care,” was his response. Then she asked him please to use a condom. He consented and took one out of his pocket.

His first attempt failed because an accomplice intervened. His second attempt, also with a condom, was successful. This time another accomplice looked on, said the petite blonde woman softly.

She added that it was as if everything hadn’t yet sunk in – three days after she, fiance Clifford Bacon, 40, his son Calvin, 19, and a friend Michael Billson, 19, were harassed by nine attackers in 5 Milnerton Road.

To her it still feels as if she’s acting as a spokesperson for someone else who was raped. Or that she’s sitting somewhere on a raft and talking about someone else. She touches her stomach. “But I don’t hate them. I have three reasons to be thankful.” Her unborn child was safe, her family (the Bacons) was unharmed, and she wasn’t raped violently, she said.

“I was raped. I expected it. But my face wasn’t beaten to a pulp. All my teeth weren’t knocked out. And my child is alive.”

Youngest suspect 16?

Two of the suspects had wanted to take her along because they thought she could identify them.

An accomplice came to her rescue, saying she hadn’t looked at their faces.

A memorial service for the murdered Joy van Aarde, 78, who was beaten to death with a meat mallet on the same night at a neighbouring house, will be held on Monday at 11:00 at the NG Mother Church, Gordon’s Bay.

It isn’t certain yet what’s missing from her house, but Die Burger learnt that her decoder and a ring had been recovered. Van Aarde’s son Oloff Bergh and his wife Linde haven’t yet been able to go to her house. A friend arranged to have the house cleaned.

Meanwhile the seven suspects who’ve already been arrested, appeared – cuffed together at the wrist – in Strand magistrate’s court on Wednesday. Magistrate Schalk Engelbrecht postponed the case to 2 June. All the suspects are being detained in Pollsmoor Prison.

The youngest suspect, whose age was given as 16, appeared on a rape charge on Tuesday. The preliminary charges are murder, rape, robbery, housebreaking, theft and assault.

Prosecutor Olivia Oktober stated during the in-camera proceedings that the 16-year-old must be detained in Pollsmoor’s youth section because he could easily escape from a place of safety.

She asked that his mother bring an identity document or birth certificate on 2 June because in 2003 he was said to be 16. At that time he’d been linked to theft and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1938914,00.html

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