Suspect caught for attempted rape of a teenage girl in Pioneer Park

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Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the attempted rape of a teenage girl in Pioneer Park on June 15.

According to reports, the 15-year-girl and her 12-year-old brother were home alone when the suspect entered their house through a window.

This occurred at around 10.30pm.

The suspect allegedly assaulted and attempted to rape the teen, but her screams for help alerted her brother.

The suspect then stole her cellphone and fled the scene.

The victim and her brother ran to their neighbours home for help, pleading with them to call for police assistance.

The victim was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital to receive further medical treatment.

At midnight, members of Newcastle 911 Community Policing Forum received information of an attempted house-breaking.

Together with Newcastle SAPS and a local security company, they joined forces to search for the suspect.

He was caught in another yard shortly afterwards.

After further investigation it was confirmed the man in custody was also the suspect who attempted to rape the teen earlier that evening.

The stolen cellphone was also recovered.

Newcastle SAPS Corporate Communications and Liaison Officer, Lizzy Arumugam confirmed the suspect was still in police custody.

She said he would be appearing in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court soon.

“The suspect is being charged for three offenses: attempted rape, attempted house-breaking and house robbery,” she said.

Arumugam commended all parties involved for securing the arrest of the suspect.

As part of SAPS child safety campaigns, Arumugam issued the following precautions parents and guardians should practice:

“Parents and guardians should take responsibility for their children, and ensure their safety at all times.”

“Keep an open line of communication and trust between yourself and your children.”

Teach your children:

To trust the police.

Only to approach uniformed police officials and marked police cars.

To never approach a vehicle unless they were absolutely sure they knew the occupants.

To never to accept a lift from strangers.

Not to talk to adults they did not know.

To never accept sweets, money or ice cream from a stranger.

To always let you know where they are.

To avoid giving your home telephone numbers to strangers.

To walk to and from school and bus stops in groups.

To stay close to you, especially at swimming pools, beaches or busy shopping centre.

Not to wander off, to avoid lonely places, and not take short-cuts through alleys or deserted areas, and not to hitchhike.

“Parents must be vigilant so they can identify any abnormal behaviour from their children.”

“When you are at any crowded public places, such as shopping malls or beaches, ensure your child has your telephone number with him/her.”

For children to be less vulnerable to dangerous situations they must:

Not be left alone at home or elsewhere where they can become susceptible to abuse, alcohol and drugs;

Be taught how to give directions to your home in case of an emergency;

Be taught to carry a house key with them in a safe place. Don’t leave it under a mat or on a ledge outside the house; and

Be taught never to let a caller at the door or phone know they are alone: Teach children to say “Mom or Dad can’t come to the phone or door right now.”

Children must:

Be taught to keep the door and windows locked.

Know their parents and police telephone numbers.

Know their home street address.

“Know it’s OK to say ‘No’ when they are faced with uncomfortable situations.”

If threatened or in an emergency, be taught to respond appropriately.

Zianne Leibrandt

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