Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Suspect breaks down in rugby rape case

By Khanyisa Tabata
19 April 2011

The bail application for the two South American men accused of rape had to be adjourned in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court after one of the accused broke down in tears.

Ramiro Racioppi and Santiago di Meo stand accused of raping a 28-year-old woman in Sea Point over the weekend

Defence advocate Pete Mahalik told the court that there is CCTV footage of the woman walking into the men’s hotel while holding hands and being affectionate with one of the accused.

Mihalik said according to her version of the events she wanted to go home, but Di Meo insisted she stay the night as she was drunk.

He pointed out that it was strange that she was so affectionate when she walked into the hotel’s reception area if she did not want to be there.

Di Meo listened intently to the court interpreter and smiled occasionally after he listened to the doctor say there were no signs of recent anal penetration.

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