South African man commits suicide after he was accused of rape

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A 40-year-old man who was accused of raping a 7-year-old girl in the bathroom of a restaurant in Pretoria, South Africa, has committed suicide.

According to the spokesperson of the Police, Captain Coba Brits said the man hanged himself at the home which he shared with the accused’s mother. Brits said police opened an inquest docket at the Silverton police station.

Last week, the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court declared the alleged rapist fit to stand trial, after he spent a month in Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, undergoing observation.

The accused, who cannot be named until he has pleaded to the charges, was evaluated by a team of four experts, including psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist, in terms of a 2018 court order.

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