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#PRETORIA: Nicholas Ninow, the man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in a toilet cubicle at the Dros restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria last year has pleaded guilty to the rape.
Appearing in the Pretoria High Court, Ninow also pleaded guilty to defeating the ends of justice and possession of drugs.
In his plea explanation, he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of defeating the ends of justice and one count of possession of an illegal substance, which tested positive for a drug known as CAT.
He also pleaded not guilty to the assault of two Dros employees and the State withdrew a charge of kidnapping.
Ninow in his testimony claimed he was in the women’s bathroom snorting a narcotic known as CAT, when the victim entered the bathroom, wanting to urinate.
He alleges he then assisted the victim by pulling down her pants and placed her on the toilet, before forcing his penis into her mouth and inserting his fingers into her vagina.
But it is the State’s case that Ninow followed the victim to the bathroom and that he had the intention of raping her.
The State’s six witnesses were two waitresses, including one who served Ninow on the day, Johan Fourie, who had a drink with Ninow at the restaurant that day, the childminder who looked after the children at the restaurant, the victim and the victim’s mother.
On Wednesday morning, the court heard that the mother saw Ninow use her daughter’s clothes to clean his penis.
“I pushed the door, called out the child’s name. Then she called me back saying, ‘mommy help me’. Then the person that was behind the door said: ‘You are disturbing me, what is it that you want?'” the mother testified. She added that she found Ninow completely naked and that her daughter was not wearing her tights or her underwear.
“There is no parent who should see what I have witnessed. What I have seen has made me very emotional,” she told the court.
The State and defence finalized their cases on Wednesday – the State after calling six witnesses and the defence after calling none.
Dros staffer breaks down during testimony
The child-minder testifying in the Dros Rape Trial has broken down in the Pretoria High Court today. Yesterday, the accused Nicholas Ninow admitted to raping a little girl last year at the Dros restaurant in Silverton – Pretoria. However, his plea explanation was not accepted by the state.
Seven year old victim testifies
The seven-year-old girl who was allegedly raped in a toilet cubicle at a Dros restaurant in Pretoria is testifying in camera at the Pretoria High Court today. Judge Mokhine Mosopa ruled that the public and media not be present in court during her testimoney. The victim is the first witness for the day while her mother is expected to take the stand later on today – both testifying with a mediator via CCTV.
The case continues.