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Baby Blacks 'cleared' to leave

2012-06-26 07:43

Wellington - New Zealand rugby chiefs pledged on Tuesday to fully cooperate with a South African police investigation into a rape accusation levelled at a member of its under-20s team.

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said two players, the one at the centre of the allegation and a team-mate who was rooming with him, had provided DNA to police investigating the alleged incident.

Police were called in Saturday after a 22-year-old Cape Town woman said she was raped on Friday night, following the team's loss to South Africa in the final of the Junior World Championship.

Tew said the rape allegation was "as serious as it comes". He said the team and management waited for clearance from police before leaving South Africa and would continue to cooperate with the investigation.

"There's no doubt we will cooperate fully with any work that is done," he told reporters.

Tew confirmed the player, whom he described as "very upset" about the allegation, had been drinking on the night in question. He said the player's room mate was not present when the alleged incident occurred.

"It's disappointing, but let's be clear, we're still dealing with an allegation. No charges have been laid, no one has been detained, no one's even been to a police station," he said.

Tew said it was clear that a player broke team protocols by taking a woman to his hotel room but what subsequently happened was for the police investigation to determine.

He said the 28-man squad had been repeatedly advised about their conduct while on tour.

"They were reminded of their responsibilities representing this country and their families, and also the dangers of being in a foreign country where you put yourself at risk if you take poor decisions," he said.

"It's obvious this young man has made a poor decision and he's now dealing with it."

South African police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said reports in South Africa that four Baby Blacks players were involved in the incident were unfounded.

Naidoo said the woman who made the allegations told police she had been drinking and remembered little about what happened.

"The woman said she did not have any recollection of exactly what happened," he told Radio New Zealand in a telephone interview from South Africa.

"There are processes we will be following to help her."

Forensic experts combed the Southern Sun hotel in Newlands, Cape Town, on Saturday for DNA evidence, South Africa's The New Age newspaper reported Monday.

Hotel staff told the newspaper the woman came to the hotel Friday night and told the front desk she was visiting a cousin. She knew the players were staying at the hotel and had apparently met them before.

"According to some of my colleagues she was apparently drunk. And on Saturday morning she called her parents to fetch her at the hotel after claims that she was raped," a hotel employee told the publication.

"Her parents insisted on opening a case of rape. We are not certain that she was raped, but there was blood found on a sheet on a bed."

AFP

Comments
  • Tom - 2012-06-26 07:45

    Rape was as serious as it cums .... Awesome

      Theo - 2012-06-26 07:54

      Tom get a life you maggot

      Pat - 2012-06-26 08:15

      @dumtom, Its all fun and games untill it happens to 1 of ur family members!! not that im hoping it DOES!! u fool!!!

  • JamesBothaThisBookWillChangeYourLife - 2012-06-26 08:40

    Remember this case still needs to go to court and the women testimony needs to be tested, was it rape was it voluntarily, I DONT KNOW AND I PROMISE YOU DONT KNOW EITHER!! If you really do know please present then the person you believe is telling the truth , would like to hear your story in court, till then let’s do not judge anyone, South Africans is very good in judging and to have no mercy if you don’t believe me read the stuff that most of you is saying here, scary... This is an international case let leave it to a real judge in court to decide who is telling the truth and who is not...

  • goofree - 2012-06-26 08:43

    Rape is bloody serious it should not be made fun of Tom these are alergation at the moment so lets leave the law of the country take its course

      Tom - 2012-06-26 18:03

      Yes rape is bloody - good pun

  • rick.coetzee.7 - 2012-06-26 08:59

    Rape is a most serious matter. When I read the Headline of this article I became angry but my view changed to a certain degree while reading the full article. Steve Tew admitted his player had been drinking and there are witnesses saying she was drunk. The room mate was not present. Forensics will be able to prove that sex took place but under what conditions is going to be a "He says ..... She says". Her confession that she "did not have any recollection of exactly what happened" does not help. Lets hope and pray that the truth will come out on this one.

      Harold - 2012-06-26 09:07

      She shouldn't have gone to his room in the first place.

  • Shaun Homani - 2012-06-26 09:29

    Its clear that was a prostitute trying to make a quick buck.

      Caleb - 2012-06-27 03:36

      I agree with you, there is just too many inconsistencies with her story, first there were four people, then there was one, then she couldn't remember. This type of accusation is well known amongst all sport teams that tour to SA. Most people know it by 'the honeytrap'

  • fboto - 2012-06-26 09:38

    A rape allegation is a very serious thing, especially when you don't remember exactly what happened.....(?!)

  • frank.mason.735 - 2012-06-26 10:55

    This is truly disgusting...but according to the president of our country, it is only rape if the girl didn't enjoy it? The least the kiwi could of done was offer the girl breakfast or pay for a taxi? BTW this is mean as a satirical comment, not shared.

      Harold - 2012-06-26 11:25

      Like somebody commented yesterday, the player should've stayed in the country and run for president.

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-06-26 11:22

    hahaha shes prob one of those coloured all black capetonians pffft messed up, she went looking for it, hope she gets charged & thrown into jail.

      frank.mason.735 - 2012-06-26 11:32

      no ways, the only way she'd be complaining is if he didn;t want to be the baby daddy... the cape crusaders can't get into new zealand.... don't know if anyone saw the idiot from grassy park walking with a flag draped over his shoulders sticking his tongue out on friday night? was poetic justice when the baby boks came from behind...it shut every SA all black up

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