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Teenage boys appear in court for young girl’s rape

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Her half-naked body was discovered a week after her disappearance, next to the Griquatown road, about 10km from Kimberley

AT COURT: Two of the three accused Platfontein teenagers. Picture: Danie van der Lith

NO ONE has yet been charged with the rape of Melissa Kanguya, the eight-year-old Platfontein girl who was found dead after being missing for a week.

This emerged as three teenage boys from Platfontein, accused of gang-raping a 12-year-old girl, attempting to rape a 10-year-old boy and assaulting (with the intent to do grievous bodily harm) a 12-year-old boy, appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The three minor accused, aged 14, 15 and 16, were arrested shortly after an incident that occurred in Platfontein on August 16 this year – the same day that Melissa went missing.

It is alleged that the three teens gang-raped a 12-year-old girl by “one after the other” inserting their penises in her anus, thereby having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

A second charge relates to attempted rape, where it is alleged that the accused “unlawfully and intentionally attempted to commit a sexual offence with the complainant (a 10-year-old boy)”.

The three also stand accused of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH), where it is alleged that “on August 16 2018 the accused unlawfully and intentionally applied force to the person of a minor child (a 12-year-old boy) by giving him certain wounds/injuries with the intent to do grievous bodily harm”.

The three victims were with Melissa at the time of her disappearance, playing next to a dam in Platfontein, and the three accused were apparently the last people to see her alive.

Her half-naked body was discovered a week after her disappearance, next to the Griquatown road, about 10km from Kimberley.

While a post-mortem has indicated that Melissa was raped before her death, police are still awaiting the results of analysis conducted on DNA evidence collected during a post-mortem.

The case against the three minors was yesterday postponed to next month.