Crime & courts

More charges for Durban stepdad accused of rape

THE prosecution has added eight more charges against a Verulam man accused of raping his stepdaughter 900 times and keeping her at their home as a sex slave for years after the girl’s mother died. The 46-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, was arrested in 2018 and has been in custody since.

 

He was denied bail in the Verulam Family Court and initially faced 48 counts, including rape.

The State confirmed yesterday it had amended the indictment and added eight more charges relating to child pornography, being involved in the sexual exploitation of a child, and sexual grooming of a child, bringing the total number of charges to 56.

 

It is alleged that he started raping the child, now 13, when she was 5.

 

He was expected to appear in the Durban High Court yesterday for the start of the trial, but he was unwell. iol

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