Court denies bail for cleaner accused of raping woman in covid-19 facility



Court has refused to grant bail for cleaner who was arrested for allegedly raping a woman who was admitted in a covid-19 quarantine and isolation facility in Mossel Bay.

The accused, Clinton Hartnick appeared in the Mossel Bay Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He was arrested shortly after it the rape incident was reported last month.

According to Southern Cape police spokesperson, Sgt Christopher Spies, the 20-year-old woman was in her room in the facility when the suspect barged in and allegedly sexually violated her.

The medical personnel at the facility who first got the report called the police.

The provincial Transport and Public Works Department confirmed that Hartnick works for a cleaning company at the site.

Public works spokesperson Jandré Bakker made it known that the department is taking the allegations “very seriously”.


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