Cops still on the hunt for alleged baby rapist

Police are still hunting the rapist of an eight-month-old Bonteheuwel baby after ruling out two people as suspects.

Bishop Lavis police station commander, Brigadier Christopher Jones, said police had questioned the two, following tip-offs from the community, but no evidence had been found to link them to the crime.

According to Bonteheuwel ward councillor, Angus Mckenzie, the baby was left in the care of her grandmother while her mother went to work on Saturday June 29. When the mother returned later and changed her baby’s nappy, she noticed her daughter’s vagina was red, swollen, and bleeding.

The mother took her baby to Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and she was sent to Karl Bremer Hospital where a DNA test was done.

The baby has since been removed from the home and is in the care of social workers. Department of Social Development spokesperson Sharna Fernandez, said: “When making these decisions, the best interest of the child is always considered above all. The families involved are also receiving the necessary support from the department.”

Athlone police are looking for information relating to a shooting over the weekend which left one man dead and two others injured.

SAPS spokeswoman Sergeant Zita Norman said police found the body of a 40-year-old man in David Street, Athlone, around 10.30pm on Saturday July 13. He had been shot in the head.

Two other men, aged 30 and 42, who had also been shot, were transported to hospital.

According to Sergeant Norman, all three men were affiliated to a gang. No arrests have yet been made.

On the same day, at 8.20pm, seven men entered Bismillah in Lawrence Road, Athlone, and robbed the shop of two cellphones and R10 000 cash. Sergeant Norman said on entering the shop, one man had pointed a gun at the owner and demanded that he hand over the money.

The suspects fled the scene in a silver vehicle, the make and model of which are unknown. No shots were fired and no injuries sustained. No arrests were made.

Anyone with information can contact Athlone SAPS on 021 697 9238/39.