Psychiatrist denies drugging and raping patient

01 Jul 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) - A South African psychiatrist on trial in the High Court for allegedly drugging and raping a patient at his consulting room in Swakopmund in 2015, on Monday denied committing the offence.
The 61-year-old Pieter van der Westhuizen denied having sexually assaulted the female patient on 07 November 2015 when his case started before Acting High Court Judge Eileen Rakow Monday morning.
Van der Westhuizen denied committing the offence when he entered not guilty pleas to three counts of rape, a count of indecent assault, a charge of attempted murder and an alternative charge of using a drug to overpower the woman and have unlawful sexual intercourse with her.
The psychiatrist denied the charges against him while in the presence of his privately-instructed defence lawyer, Graham van der Spuy, in court.
In a statement presented before court in terms of the provisions of Section 115 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977, Van der Westhuizen denied all the allegations against him and disputed the veracity of every element contained in the charge sheet.
He did, however, admitted that the woman did visit his consulting room at Swakopmund on 06 and 07 November 2015.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Van der Westhuizen arranged with the patient to visit his consulting rooms on 07 November 2015.
He then allegedly prescribed medication to the patient and instructed her to take it before her consultation with him.
The patient allegedly had a panic attack after taking the prescribed tablets and was rushed to his consulting rooms where she was given more medication, and was left with Van der Westhuizen.
While in the consulting room, he allegedly gave the patient an overdose of the tranquilisers Valium and Ativan and the central nervous system stimulant Ritalin after which he is said to have indecently assaulted and raped her while she was alone with him.
Van der Westhuizen is free on bail of N.dollars 10 000.
State Advocates Palmer Khumalo and Felistas Shikerete-Vendura are appearing for the prosecution.
The trial continues on Tuesday.
(NAMPA)
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