Man attacked by restaurant customers after 6-year-old found allegedly assaulted and bleeding in men's toilet
A man was seen stalking a six-year-old while she frolicked in the play area of restaurant in Pretoria, South Africa before he reportedly took her to the bathroom and raped her
In one of the more horrifying news to emerge from South Africa, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped in the bathroom of a popular restaurant in the capital by a 20-year-old man. The incident took place at the Dros Restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria with witnesses stating that the suspect was "stalking his prey" while she frolicked in the play area of the restaurant.
According to The Citizen, the six-year-old was playing in the children's area while the man was in the smoking section carefully keeping an eye on her movements.
The witness, who remained unnamed, said that the man asked for a glass of water and that he claimed he was waiting for a friend before placing his order.
The 20-year-old then shifted places to be closer to the girl, taking up a seat close to the children's area so he could pick out the most opportune moment. Furthermore, the girl was not being watched over by any of the adults, giving the suspect the chance to follow her as she made a trip to the women's bathroom.
He is then said to have snatched her from the restroom, blocked her mouth so she could not scream for help, and taken her into the men's bathroom where he raped her. It was then that the child's mother, who is a regular customer at the restaurant, noticed that her daughter was missing and raised the alarm.
The person who was supposed to watch over her told the mother that the six-year-old had gone to the bathroom but she was nowhere to be found. "We asked the child-minder where the child was and she said she had gone to the toilet," the witness said. "Her mother went to the restroom but did not find her child."
Still searching for her daughter, the mother apparently heard weird noises coming out of the men's bathroom and became suspicious. That suspicion only grew further when she tried to force open the door to the restroom but found that it had been blocked.
The mother then reportedly began shouting and causing a commotion resulting in the rapist eventually opening the door to the restroom. To everyone's horror, both the 20-year-old and the child were fully naked with the six-year-old bleeding from the groin. There was also blood on the floor.
Other customers in the restaurant were angered by how the rapist had dared to sexually assault such a young girl in broad daylight. The male customers then took matters into their own hands and began beating up the attacker. The violence got so bad that the manager had to lock the 20-year-old in the restroom to protect him from the mob.
Dros Restaurant has refused to comment on the case. According to the Citizen, provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that the attacker was in custody and that a rape charge had been filed against him.