The family of a 5-year-old rape victim from Mitchells Plain has expressed their frustration at not having noticed anything wrong with the man behind the assault.
A 49-year-old man suspected of raping a five-year-old girl didn't strike the community as someone capable of such a crime.
That’s according to the Mitchells Plain Crisis Forum following the incident over the weekend.
The girl, who is still recovering in the hospital, was labelled a hero for helping local police identify and arrest the man soon after her ordeal on the weekend.
Angry and frustrated are the words used by the girl’s family when thinking about how the man had just slipped right under the radar.
The Mitchells Plain Crisis Forum’s Faizel Brown says: “There are a lot of personal questioning over this incident… the way people ask themselves why it happens.”
He says the suspect is known in the community and his mother lives near the girl’s home.
“They didn’t know him as a person capable of such a thing. You can’t say you know someone just by seeing them on the road. It was very unexpected, they didn’t expect this from this person.”
This is one in a long line of similar incidents where the culprit was known to the family of the victim.
In the case of 3-year-old Courtney Pieters, a childhood friend of her father who had been staying with the family, was found guilty of sexually assaulting, disfiguring and killing the child before burying her in a shallow grave near her home.
The man, Mortimer Saunders, is now in court as will be the 49-year-old Mitchells Plain come Thursday.