Eurona regained consciousness, gathered her clothes and walked to the house of a neighbour and friend. She arrived there at about 4 am. She reported the attack to her friend and shortly F thereafter to her own mother (Mrs Terblanche) who summoned the police. Eurona was taken to hospital where the examining doctor noted the extensive injuries inflicted on her.  During that morning (4 March 1995) Mrs Terblanche and Eurona went to the Knysna charge office where they reported the attack G to the duty officer, Sergeant Beaulah Jantjies (Jantjies). She took a detailed statement from Eurona and Mrs Terblanche who informed her that Coetzee had told them he had a previous conviction for rape. For the benefit of the investigating officer, Jantjies noted that information in the investigation diary. Immediately thereafter, the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant David Klein (Klein), took over the matter. H He also interviewed Eurona and accompanied her to the scene of the attack where he found a sandal and an item of underwear that Eurona told him belonged to her.  The following morning (5 March 1995), Klein interviewed Coetzee, informing him of the charge. He appeared in court I the next day. In his note to the prosecutor, Klein stated that there was no reason to deny 2001 (4) SA p948 ACKERMANN ET GOLDSTONE JJ Coetzee bail and recommended that he be released on warning. Coetzee appeared before magistrate Von Bratt (the A magistrate) on a charge of rape. The prosecutor, Mr G Olivier (Olivier), did not place before the magistrate any information concerning Coetzee's previous conviction, nor did he oppose Coetzee's release on his own recognisance. Coetzee was unconditionally released and warned to appear again on 17 March 1995. B  After his release, Coetzee returned to Noetzie where he was living with his mother. A day or two later, Mrs Terblanche called on Gosling, who is a friend of the applicant. Mrs Coetzee worked for Gosling both as a domestic worker and as a general assistant in her business in Knysna. The purpose of Mrs Terblanche's visit was to C inform Gosling of the attack on Eurona and of Coetzee's previous conviction. In evidence in the High Court, Gosling stated that she was distressed at the news because she thought 'that he would obviously commit this crime again and I felt very scared to be anywhere where he was'. D She added that she felt 'that he shouldn't maintain a presence in society because my knowledge as a nursing sister and just in life is that a man that has committed two similar crimes is going to do it again'.  Because of her concern, Gosling went to speak to Captain Lawrence Oliver (Oliver), a police officer at the Knysna police E station. She told him she did not think that Coetzee 'should be out on the street' and asked whether he could not be detained pending his trial. Oliver advised her to discuss the matter with the senior prosecutor at Knysna, Ms Dian Louw (Louw). Gosling went to Louw whom she knew well. Her office was in the same building as the Knysna police F station. She told Louw that she 'was afraid that Francois would hurt one of my friends or me and that I really thought he would commit this crime again'.
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