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Child rape accused collapses in court

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Accused has already threatened suicide if he is not granted bail

FAINTED: Moses Monnapule appeared in the Northern Cape High Court yesterday before collapsing. He had to be escorted to hospital.

THE PSYCHIATRIC report for the man accused of kidnapping and raping two young girls in his shanty in Madiba Square in June 2015, could not be presented before court yesterday after the accused collapsed in the dock.

Shortly before proceedings were due to start in the Northern Cape High Court, the accused, Moses Monnapule, lay on the ground with his hand covering his eyes, after the media had taken photographs of him.

He later sat up, closed his eyes and lay on the bench after SAPS officials told him to stand up.

Monnapule, during a previous court appearance, had threatened to commit suicide if he was not granted bail.

The court was due to hear whether Monnapule was mentally fit to stand trial after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at West End Hospital.

The two girls, who were six and eight years old respectively at the time of the alleged kidnapping and rape, were also called to the intermediary room yesterday.

Court proceedings were interrupted in the morning to allow for Monnapule to be taken to hospital for medical treatment after he apparently fainted.

Senior State advocate Catherine Jansen later told the court that Monnapule had been diagnosed with low blood pressure and had been placed on a drip.

Jansen stated that she would inform the court if there were any new developments with regards to the Monnapule’s health.

“The accused is under police guard at the hospital and will be escorted back to the cells when he is discharged.”

Judge Bulelwa Pakati postponed the matter until today.