- The 21-year-old man arrested for the alleged rape of a 6-year-old girl remains in police custody
- According to former friends of the suspect, Nicholas Ninow, he was known to use drugs and get into fights
- Staff and witnesses broke their silence about what happened on Saturday, 29 September
Witnesses and staff at the Dros restaurant in Pretoria have spoken up about what happened on the day when a 6-year-old little girl was allegedly raped.
According to them, 21-year-old Nicholas Ninow attempted to flush his and the girl's clothes down a toilet - clothes that were covered in blood.
Nicholas allegedly raped the girl in the women's bathroom and fled to the men's bathroom, naked. It was there that he attempted to flush his blood-covered shirt, the girl's leggings and underwear.
CityPress reports that the girl and her mother, who live in Mamelodi, visited the Silverton restaurant often. So did Nicholas.
On Saturday, Nicholas was there again, and so was the girl and her mother. He went to the bathroom twice, according to the witnesses.
His second visit is when the alleged rape happened. The girl's mother noticed she wasn't in the play area anymore and went to the bathroom to look for her after a waitress said she saw her going in.
The women's bathroom had an out-of-order toilet and the door was closed. The mother looked in the other two stalls and became very worried when the girl wasn't in them.
The restaurant staff joined in the search for the girl and a waitress saw feet behind the door of the out-of-order toilet. When she touched the door the little girl started crying and calling for her mom.
The 4 waitresses and mother attempted to open the door and when they succeeded, Nicholas hit them with his belt before running out of the bathroom. He fled to the men's bathroom and locked himself in.
The door was broken down by staff and customers and they found the bloodied clothes in the toilet.
Bystanders attacked Nicholas and beat him up until security got the man away from their mob justice.
The 21-year-old shouted and cursed. He claimed he only tried to clean the 6-year-old because she soiled herself.
Two ambulances were called to the restaurant and Nicholas was taken away in one of them.
Former friends and colleagues of the rape suspect were shocked to hear the allegations against him. He was known for getting into fights and using drugs.
He liked having a drink and at school he was often in fights. He did not discuss a problem. His fists did the talking.
He said he had found the Lord, but then he would land up back in a fight, or one heard stories about drugs again.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Nicholas has a 19-year-old fiancée who is 6 months pregnant with his child. According to friends, the engagement has been broken.
Nicholas appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on charges of drug possession and rape, and he remains in custody.
South Africans are enraged over what happened to the little girl.
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