A police officer who raped a young black woman told his victim: ‘I am a police officer, I can do what I want’ before he attacked her, a Western Cape Division of High Court has heard.
Hans Coetzee , 49, raped the woman repeatedly over nine months and used his iPhone to record it on one occasion.
He was found guilty of seven counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, relating to strangling the victim.
He would tie the woman’s hands with rope before he forced himself on her and used rape as a punishment.
Giving evidence from behind a screen, the victim told the court she originally went to police in 2012, but they ‘didn’t believe me’.
She said: ‘I didn’t think anyone would believe me, because he told me that no one would believe me.
‘And he told me, “I am a police officer, I can do what I want.”‘
The victim added that Coetzee used the abuse as ‘punishment’ and told her that he ‘is a lot bigger than me. He can just put his body weight on me. He can just force himself on me.’
During a police interview, she said she was left feeling ‘absolutely humiliated and disgusted.’
Describing one of the attacks she said: ‘I am terrified of him. I am scared he is going to kill me, because when he goes into his rages there’s like nothing there.
‘I just thought he is out of control. He isn’t going to stop. He just says that he wants to kill me.’
Following his arrest in October last year, Hans Coetzee was suspended from the police.