Action Society attended the court proceedings to assist and support the families of the victims of three separate violent crimes in the Western Cape yesterday and today. All three cases were postponed.
Paarl Stalk and Stabber to stay behind bars
The bail hearing for the man accused of attacking a 16 year old girl in Paarl on 17 July, was postponed until further notice today as investigations into several other cases against the accused are continued to then be added to his docket. He will stay behind bars. The family breathed a heavy sigh of relief at the news as they continue to fear for the girl’s safety should the man be released.
Two more cases, both heard in the Bellvile Magistrate’s court, were also attended to by Action Society. One, the rape case of a 11-year-old boy and the other the murder case against Aaliyah Chingy’s boyfriend.
“I am going to get you!” – Rapist of 11-year-old Jason Hendricks to undergo psychiatric assessment
Action Society is overseeing the shocking rape case of 11-year-old Jason Hendricks*. He was raped in Belhar in the Tygerberg area in Cape Town last year. Action Society became aware of the incident while attending other matters at the Bellville court and agreed to assist the family, who fear that justice for their son is not being prioritised. The case was before the court again yesterday, but was postponed to 24 August for the accused to be placed in Valkenburg for psychiatric assessment. This was the fourth postponement of the case.
According to Jason’s testimony, he was out playing with his friends not too far from his house when they first saw the man who would rape him later that day. The man chased them as they were walking home and told Jason that he would “get” him later. That is exactly what happened later that day. The man dragged him to a bush near Perseverance High School and raped him. Jason ran to his father’s house and told him what happened. They opened a rape case the same day. Jason’s mother reports that Jason is still very confused by what had happened to him. Though he has seen a social worker twice, she says he needs more support.
Action Society will work closely with the family and relevant authorities until Jason’s rapist is given the punishment he deserves.
* Not the victim’s real name. The true identity of the child’s name is withheld for privacy
Further investigations under way in Aaliyah Chingy’s murder case
The murder case against 20-year-old Aaliyah Chingy’s boyfriend, who allegedly stabbed her countless times and tossed her in a shallow grave in February this year, was postponed to 15 August for further investigation in the Bellville court yesterday. Action Society attended the proceedings with the family.
Aaliyah met her boyfriend in Delft in 2021. Her family was unaware of the terrible abuse she suffered at his hands. Her sister, Alvishka Alveena Hendricks, said she found out about the abuse when Aaliyah called her from the Delft police station at one in the morning after her boyfriend hit her with a spade. In February they lost contact with Aaliyah. Her body was found on 12 February.