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Cops get 'Rapist' missing a tongue

By unknown | May 26, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

A rape suspect whose tongue was partially bitten off by his victim has been arrested.

Sowetan reported last week that the Barberton, Mpumalanga, police were looking for a man without a piece of his tongue after the 34-year-old woman he was raping had bitten it off.

Local hospitals were advised to be on the lookout for the tongueless suspect but it appeared he went to a a private doctor to be treated.

Barberton police spokesman Jabu Ndubane said yesterday they received a tip-off from a member of the community that the suspect was in a certain house in Barberton.

"When we arrived at the house we found him sleeping and arrested him," Ndubane said.

"During interrogation it was not easy to make sense of what he was saying but the suspect admitted to have been responsible for the rape. He was obviously in pain."

The hunt for the man began last week when a local woman went to the police station with a piece of tongue she said she had bitten off from the man who raped her.

The rape attack happened in Extension 9, Barbeton, when the woman was returning from a night vigil. A stranger followed her and when she reached a secluded area forced himself on her.

During her ordeal, she told police, she asked her attacker to kiss her. While the man's tongue was in her mouth that she bit off part of it.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Barberton magistrates' court today on a rape charge.


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