African man who fell asleep after raping old woman arrested

South African Police have arrested a 35-year-old rape suspect who fell asleep on the bed of the 62-year-old woman he allegedly raped, DNB Stories reports.

According to the Police, the suspect snuck into the old woman’s house on the night of Christmas Day (December 25th) and ordered her to remove all her clothes, raping her afterwards.

In a rather strange turn of events, the young man fell into a deep sleep on the woman’s bed immediately after the act, giving her the chance to escape through an open window and call to her neighbours for help.

The man was still deep in sleep by the time the Police arrived, reports from local media say. It took some effort to get him awake after which he was arrested.

Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Stephen Thakeng, narrated the event thus:

“On the 25 December, 2021 at about 22:15 the complainant who is a 62-year-old woman was asleep in her bedroom when she was awoken by a knock on her door. The next moment she was awoken by a male voice that instructed her to undress, she was assaulted, strangled and raped.

“After the rape ordeal, the youngster fell asleep. The victim managed to escape through the open window to seek help from her neighbours. Odendaalsrus SAPS members were informed about the incident and responded instantly and found the suspect still asleep.

“The 35-year-old man was awoken by the police who arrested him for housebreaking with the intention to rape and rape.”

The suspect will appear in court on Wednesday, 28 December 2021, to answer to his charges.

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