Paedophile on the prowl in Newlands East

The close knit community of Newlands East is currently on high alert following reports of an alleged paedophile who preys on unsuspecting young girls in the area.

One of the families whose child fell victim to the suspect said the little girl is currently under going counselling following a traumatic experience.

The family has wished to remain anonymous to protect the identity of the minor. According to the victim’s father, the man had visited the family home in Newlands East recently when he sexually assaulted his 10-year-old daughter.

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“He had been in the house and asked for the bathroom and was directed upstairs where it is situated. My daughter at that time was changing in one of the bedrooms upstairs. The suspect discreetly went inside the room where she was, and closed the door. He then instructed my daughter to kiss him. As shocked as she was, she then kissed his cheek. He then told her to kiss the lips. She refused. According to my daughter, he then touched her breasts and as he was touching her navel, going for her private part, she screamed and ran out of the room,” said the angry father.

“I am urging parents and child minders to keep a close eye on their children. Paedophiles are people you least expect,” he said.

The family reported the incident to Newlands East SAPS. The suspect was arrested for sexual assault. The station’s communications officer, Cpt ND Zikali  could not be reached for comment.

According to a source, the man who is well known in the community of Newlands East and has had many similar cases. He gets off by allegedly bribing his victims.

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“When his car was searched, several sex toys were recovered which clearly means this man is sex crazy,” said the source.

Police spokesman, Cpt Nqobile Gwala, said victims should always flee if they are in a potentially dangerous situation. “Yell or scream to attract attention. Carry a whistle that will make a loud noise. Keep using your mind to think of alternative actions for escape. You are responsible for your own safety. Call your local police department or rape crisis centre. Don’t let a stranger inside your home to use the phone; make the call for him. Never admit that you are home alone,” she said.

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Zola Phoswa
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