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A 39-year-old councillor was arrested in Kriel for housebreaking, assault with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm and attempted rape on 05 May.
According to information the councillor reportedly visited his friend where they had a couple
of drinks. It is further alleged that whilst still in the house, the councillor allegedly made
some inappropriate sexual comments towards the 12-year-old girl. Thereafter the two friends
went out for leisure at a certain tavern nearby.
The mother of the girl had reportedly gone to work; hence, the girl and her elder sister (26)
are said to have been temporarily left to stay with their uncle (the councillor’s friend).
It is said that whilst the two buddies were still in the tavern, the councillor sneaked out
without telling his friend.
At about 23h30, the elder sister alleged that she heard somebody breaking into the house. She
further alleges that the person tried to open her bedroom door which was fortunately locked.
She then immediately called a friend and requested him to immediately alert the police. The
man allegedly assaulted the teenage girl and tried to rape her. Whilst still in a state of shock,
the elder sister reportedly heard her younger sister calling for her uncle to rescue her. The
report further states that the intruder responded by saying that the uncle was not in the house.
At that moment, the Police fortunately arrived and upon noticing their arrival, the intruder
reportedly abandoned what he was doing and escaped through the window, leaving behind his
T-shirt as well as his mobile phone.
Police went after the suspect and caught him and according to the report, the man was
wearing a pair of blue jeans as well as brown shoes without a top when he was cornered. He
was charged accordingly. It is also reported that the suspect sustained some head injuries.
As the Police went through the scene during the probe, they came across some blood drops in
the house and on the window. The suspect’s car was also found about 50 metres away from
The arrested councillor is expected to appear in the Kriel Magistrate’s Court on 08 May
facing the said charges.