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Woman tells of rape ordeal

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The woman was sleeping at her home when she felt someone touching her upper body...

Shaun Rooi

A 55-YEAR-old woman yesterday told the Northern Cape High Court how she was woken up by an intruder who then raped her inside her own home.

The woman was testifying during the trial of Shaun “Dakka” Rooi, who is facing three counts of rape, two counts of housebreaking and one count each of assault and obstructing a police officer in performance of his duties

The woman said she was sleeping at her home in Plakkerskamp on April 1 last year when she felt someone touching her upper body.

“On the night of the incident, I went to bed. My husband had gone out and I did not lock the door. I put a chair behind the door to keep it closed but to still allow him access. I was lying on my side, facing the wall, and felt someone touching my upper body,” she said.

“I tried to turn around to see who it was but the person pressed me down. The intruder then took off my tights and underwear and penetrated me from behind. I started screaming and wrestled with him.”

“I grabbed the person by his T-shirt. At that stage I could not see who the intruder was. As I wrestled and held onto the T-shirt, the intruder stabbed me with a knife in my hand. As he turned I could see that it was Dakka. He ran off.”

The woman said she could see that the accused had an Okapi knife, as she could see its handle.

She told the court that she called for help after the accused ran out.

“The door was wide open and I went outside and called my sister’s son and my neighbour. I told them what had happened. My sister’s son left to look for Dakka and my neighbour helped me to put on a skirt.

“My husband came home later and I also told him what had happened. He, however, did not stay at home long and I decided to go sleep at my sister’s daughter’s child’s house, which is across the street from my house.”

She said she reported the incident to the police the next morning.

“I got home and told another neighbour what had happened and we went to the police station. When we arrived at the police station, I was taken to the doctor who examined me.”

The woman told he court that she was not sure how the accused gained access to her home, but she had kept her bedroom and kitchen windows open. “My windows are made of zinc and I use a wooden pole to keep them open. I kept both windows open that night because of the heat.”

Rooi’s attorney, Tau Mogwera, argued that the woman and her niece had plotted to make accusations against Rooi.

“Your niece claimed that the accused had raped her the next day, on Sunday, April 2, 2017. You went to her house to sleep there and then she coincidently happened to be raped by the accused the day after you were raped,” Mogwera said.

The woman denied that she told her niece details about the incident.

Mogwera said that Rooi denied the allegations against him. “The accused said he was never at your place and neither did he rape you. The accused said you and your niece orchestrated the charges against him.”

It is further alleged that Rooi raped a 40-year-old woman at her home, also in Plakkerskamp, the next day on April 2, 2017.

He allegedly also stabbed and robbed a man that same night.

The third count of rape involves an incident which occurred on November 19, 2017, where Rooi allegedly lured a 10-year-old girl to his house and raped her.

Rooi is also accused of trying to stab a police officer who wanted to arrest him.

The trial continues.