Mitchells Plain man accused of raping baby set free due to lack of evidence

Some crucial DNA evidence is missing
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The state has provisionally withdrawn charges against a Mitchells Plain man accused of raping his neighbours baby daughter due to lack of evidence.

The 57-year-old man was released on Tuesday night and taken to an unknown place of safety and has been ordered to stay away from Mitchells Plain for his own safety.

According to a Daily Voice report, the man has a previous rape conviction from 20 years back.

Provincial spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, Eric Ntabazalila, said a decision was made to release him while they await the DNA test results, which have been “prioritised”.

“I can confirm that after careful consideration of factors and analysis of the evidence in the docket, the State took a decision to provisionally withdraw charges against the accused pending the outcome of the DNA (tests),” he said.

The accused was arrested last Thursday after the baby’s mother found blood on her nappy. The child was in the care of her nanny in Woodlands, Mitchells Plain at the time of the incident.

Angry community members gathered outside his house, baying for his blood.

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