PRETORIA, November 1 – The Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Thursday sent Nicholas Ninow, the 20-year-old man accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of the Dros restaurant in Silverton, for a mental evaluation at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria.
Ninow, who made a third appearance in court on Thursday, faces charges of rape, possession of drugs, assault with intent to do bodily harm and intimidation.
He allegedly followed the little girl from the restaurant’s play area to the toilets where he raped her. The girl’s mother caught him in the act after she went looking for her child.
The court has heard that Nimow has mental issues, and has previously attempted suicide several times due to depression caused by bipolar.
The defence, led by Legal Aid attorney Riaan du Plessis requested that three clinical psychologists be appointed to assess Ninow, instead of the usual two.
The defence also told Magistrate Thandi Theledi that Ninow has a history of substance abuse, which started when he was 14. He has spent time in rehabilitation centres.
The matter will be back in court on November 28.
Several streets around Pretoria Magistrate’s Court were cordoned off on Thursday, as crowds of political party activists and civil society organisations were protesting at the court, demanding that Ninow is denied bail.
Tshwane Metro Police officers have blocked off Francis Baard Street, adjacent to the court.
– African News Agency (ANA)