The kidnap and rape incident that played out in Pietermaritzburg just over a month ago has had shocker revelations from the man accused of the crime. The man was granted R3000 bail yesterday at the Pinetown Magistrates court, where attorney Wesley Rogers disclosed that his client had been in an “on-and-off relationship” with the woman. The allegations against him are that he had kidnapped her and drove her to lodge in Hillcrest where he had repeatedly raped her. According to his affidavit, the woman had willingly travelled with him to Hillcrest. It is understood that the duo spent two nights at the bed and breakfast lodge where she had ample opportunities to alert staff if it was a case of kidnapping. Attorney Rogers also revealed that his client had lent her the woman his vehicle when her car had broken down and was outraged when he took the vehicle back.
The man’s affidavit read out by his attorney explained his alleged relationship with her,
“The nature of our relationship while dating was primarily sexual. We had an arrangement where she would come and spend the night in my unit, what we termed as date, this would lead to sex… She became irrationally jealous when she learnt I had sexual intercourse with two other females on our property,” the man said in his affidavit.
“On the morning of August 8, she wanted cigarettes. She got into my car and we went to Shongweni. We stopped at four spaza shops before we found cigarettes, which I bought for her. We went to a McDonald’s drive-through in Hillcrest to get food. She had ample time to get attention if she was being held against her will,” the man said. He also stated that his client did not kidnap her as the alleged victim was on a 30-minute call with a relative while en route to their getaway.
The man stated that he offered to book her an Uber so she could return home however she became angry. “I told her I was going to drive to the South Coast as I was depressed… we argued… She wanted to buy medication and I drove her to the pharmacy. While I was busy there, she absconded. I thought she did that to force my hand to drive her home. I left her to fend for herself… I was tired of emotional manipulation. I proceeded to the South Coast where I was arrested in a public place,” he said. Magistrate Gwendolyn Robinson has granted the man bail on strict conditions, including that he refrains from interfering with witnesses, that he also relocates to an alternative address and that he reports to his nearest police station.
There was no mention relating to the incident of the woman’s dog that went missing around the same time.
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