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Police constable appears in court for rape

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A police officer from Richmond in the Northern Cape appeared in the local magistrate’s court on Tuesday on charges of rape and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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A POLICE officer from Richmond in the Northern Cape appeared in the local magistrate’s court on Tuesday on charges of rape and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), Phaladi Shuping, said that the 34-year-old police constable allegedly assaulted his 21-year-old girlfriend, kicking her all over her body and face, after he accused her of being unfaithful to him.

“He allegedly, after that, had sexual intercourse with her without her consent,” said Shuping.

“The incident was reported to Ipid and the police constable was arrested.”

Shuping stated that the accused appeared in the Richmond Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

“The case was postponed to May 14 for a formal bail application,” he added.

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