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Old woman 'tired' after night of fantasies

By unknown | May 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sakhile Mokoena

Sakhile Mokoena

A 95-year-old woman from Mpumalanga might face charges of defeating the ends of justice after she claimed her neighbour raped her twice, but later said 'it was a dream.'

It all started when the woman first reported to the police that her 23-year-old neighbour had allegedly raped her. Acting on her claim, police arrested a suspect .

But to everyone's astonishment,the old woman returned a week later to report that she only dreamt that the suspect had raped her again.

Her claims shocked police because the suspect was already in custody awaiting his next court appearance on a rape charge.

When police questioned the old woman further, she said that it was just a dream and "did not actually take place".

She told police about her "fantasy" saying that her first rape allegations were not real.

Police spokesman Mzwandile Nyambi said the charges against the man would be withdrawn, but woman might be charged with defeating the ends of justice.

The woman, who lives alone, told police her dreams left her feeling tired every morning.

She said that her tiredness in the morning convinced her that she was raped by the suspect, who she kept dreaming about.

Nyambi said they were still interviewing the woman for more details about her "dreams" before they withdraw the charges against the suspect.

Last year, Mpumalanga provincial police commissioner Afrika Khumalo said rape cases would no longer be withdrawn and victims would be required by law to testify.

A clinical psychologist from KwaZulu-Natal said the incident was "not a psychological matter".

"There is no abnormality in the old woman's actions, but the police need clinical evidence before pressing rape charges," she said.

Dr Gavin Ivey, a psychologist from Wits University, said the older one gets, the harder it becomes to differentiate between reality and fantasy. He said such an incident was normal in old age.


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