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'Rapist' Nigerian priest denied bail in S. Africa

- SA

(Wednesday, October 27, 2004)

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[ A seventh girl, who gave birth to a baby girl a few weeks ago, alleged that the priest was the father. ]

A Nigerian priest, facing seven charges of rape, was denied bail in the Clocolan Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, Free State police said. Police spokesman Constable Christopher Mophireng said the priest was remanded in custody.

The 40 year-old priest was arrested on October 7 after six schoolgirls alleged that he raped them at his mission in Hlohlolwane. A seventh girl, who gave birth to a baby girl a few weeks ago, alleged that the priest was the father. Police started to investigate the allegations after the girls reported the incidents to their school principal. He then phoned the police.

Rape occurred after pornographic video

In an incident in March, a 14-year-old girl alleged she was raped by the priest in his bedroom after he showed her a pornographic video. The next day the girl, who slept at the mission with her parents' permission, was allegedly given R20, sent home, and told not to tell anyone about the incident. However she told her mother about the incident. She took the girl for a medical examination.

Not reported to police

Mophireng said the mother did not report the matter to the police. In another incident in September a 13-year-old girl visited the mission to look for a friend. The priest allegedly asked her to go to his room where she was ordered to undress and was raped. She was apparently also given R20 to keep quiet.

Mophireng said on Tuesday the case was postponed to November 4.

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