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Dros rape accused Nicholas Ninow remains in custody

The man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant bathroom appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
The man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant bathroom appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
Image: Nico Gous

The packed Pretoria magistrates’ court public gallery roared in approval on Tuesday  after Dros restaurant rape accused Nicholas Ninow was remanded while the case was postponed for further investigation.

The 20-year-old is facing charges of rape, possession of drugs and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after he allegedly raped a seven-year-old girl in the bathrooms of the Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria, two weeks ago.

Ninow, who hid his face with a hooded sweater, sat in the dock with his head bowed as his Legal Aid lawyer Rian du Plessis detailed injuries he said Ninow had suffered at the hands of onlookers and Silverton police following the incident.

He said the injuries were not put on record when Ninow made his first appearance, adding that Ninow had received medical attention in hospital for his injuries.

Du Plessis said Ninow had a cut on his right earlobe inflicted by a broken bottle, which required four stitches.

He said Ninow had also suffered cut marks and lacerations also caused by a broken bottle.

“He has a cut on the right side of the neck under the ear, about six to seven centimetres. He has a bloodshot left eye and both eyes were blue,” Du Plessis said.

He said at the Silverton police station Ninow was forced to do push-ups and was kicked in the left eye and slapped.

State advocate Sanet Jacobson asked the court to postpone the matter to November 1 for further investigation.

She said forensic evidence was also outstanding and that it was important that Ninow handed over his cellphone for forensic data scrutiny.

Francis Baard Street, which was partly closed, was a spectacle as individuals, various political parties and civic organisations protested outside court calling for a harsh sentence for the alleged crime.

Bikers also roared into the street and put on a show with their motorcycles that carried flags bearing messages against violence on women and children.

Also in court was Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, ANC regional chair Kgosi Maepa and ANC Women's League general secretary Meokgo Matuba.

Protesters, political parties and human rights organisations gathered in front of the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, where a 20-year-old man accused of raping a child at a Dros restaurant appeared.

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