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He raped 41 and girl, 12 - police

By unknown | Apr 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dudu Busani

Dudu Busani

Among the 41 women Watson Phiri allegedly raped was a 12-year-old girl he sexually assaulted at gunpoint in a toilet at a primary school.

Phiri's trial, in which he faces 70 counts, including 41 of rape, is expected to resume in the Johannesburg high court today.

The 38-year-old man's alleged raping spree around Ekurhuleni began in 2003 and ended in 2007 when he was arrested.

In most cases Phiri, who is from Thokoza, allegedly used Natalspruit Hospital as his hunting ground. He called himself Henry and all his victims were under the age of 25.

According to the indictment Phiri used the oldest trick in the book: he lured desperate women by promising them jobs and offering to take them to where they'd be employed,

He raped them on the way. He tracked down and also raped those who refused to go with him.

But in October 2006 Phiri allegedly approached a 12-year-old girl who was walking home from school. He allegedly asked her to help him find a schoolmate called "Nthabiseng" at the school.

He then told the girl to go into the toilet to close a leaking tap and followed her.

He then allegedly raped her at gunpoint, threatening to kill her if she did anything "stupid".

Phiri allegedly used a knife or gun to threaten his victims. He ties their hands with his or their shoe laces and robbed them of cellphones after raping them.

In one incident he allegedly told his victim he knew someone who could find her a job at Eastgate Mall, but later led her to a cemetery where he raped her.

To some of his alleged victims Phiri was a pharmacist who needed assistants, a supermarket owner who needed cashiers and go-between for a white man who needed a domestic worker.


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