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Alleged brothel witness accused of fabricating story in plot towards suspect

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  • A younger witness has been accused of fabricating allegations she was stored in an alleged brothel in Cape City in her early teenagers. 
  • The courtroom was advised the case was retribution towards two of the accused over a criticism laid with the police by certainly one of them. 
  • The lady alleged she was additionally overwhelmed in the home in Brooklyn, and when she was lastly taken to a physician after being rescued, her nostril was discovered to be damaged.

A lady testifying in a intercourse trafficking trial was accused of being utilized in a plot cooked up by a person attempting to get again on the accused for laying a criticism towards his brother who’s a police officer.  

Defence lawyer advocate Bashir Sibda stated the inconsistencies between her police assertion and her testimony in courtroom confirmed she was by no means on the alleged brothel in Brooklyn she stated she had escaped from. 

The accused – Edward Tambe Ayuk, his spouse, Leandra Williams Ayuk from Springbok within the Northern Cape, and Yannick Agbor Ayuk (Edward’s brother) – have pleaded not responsible to the costs towards them, which embody violations of the Kids’s Act, dwelling off the proceeds of prostitution and dealing in medicine. 

“Ayuk [Edward] stated the case was solely introduced towards him as a result of he had a case towards a person referred to as Zane, who’s the brother of a police officer in Phoenix,” stated Sibda. 

“And that is how this case got here to be towards him. Yannick was included as a result of he was an eyewitness in that unique case towards Zane,” he added. 

The witness, barely out of her teenagers, struggled to remain composed on Wednesday after leaving the courtroom sobbing on Tuesday. 

“Every little thing I’ve stated is the reality, and I’m not going to reply something once more,” she stated. 

However Sibda pressed on. 

He stated:

They are saying they do not know you. They’ve by no means seen you. You stated you might be already in undercover prostitution.

“No matter you probably did in Cape City, by yourself model, was voluntarily carried out.” 

The courtroom has heard the witness, who is probably not named, labored as an undercover intercourse employee at a membership within the Japanese Cape for more money and meals. 

She acknowledged it concerned exchanging numbers at a membership and assembly a consumer off-site. 

The witness stated she was supplied intercourse work in a a lot better atmosphere in Cape City however finally needed to escape as a result of she was assaulted, allegedly by Ayuk and his males. 

To get out, she referred to as her mom, and the household organized for her uncle to fake to be a consumer to get her into his automobile and take her away to security. 

READ | ‘I can’t take it’: Witness in Cape Town sex trafficking trial breaks down in court

Sibda stated he discovered it tough to just accept neither she nor her uncle went to the police or tried to rescue the ladies she stated lived in the home along with her. 

The courtroom heard conflicting ages had additionally been given for her – both 13 or 14 – on the time she was on the alleged brothel. 

She stated her mom advised her the matron made a mistake when registering her start, and he or she was born in 2003, not 2002 as her ID states. This may also clarify any age discrepancies which will come up. She is eighteen now. 

On Tuesday, she couldn’t take any extra questioning and pushed herself out of the witness stand, leaving the courtroom sobbing. 

She was again on Wednesday, with a courtroom preparation officer referred to as in to assist her via what’s presumably her final day of cross-examination.

At one level, Sibda objected to her having the feminine interpreter and courtroom preparation officer standing subsequent to her within the witness stand. 

He stated them standing along with her created sympathy for the witness, so the courtroom officer and interpreter left the witness stand, leaving her alone once more. 

The cross-examination continues. 

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