A seven-year-old girl was raped at a restaurant in Pretoria,
The girl had been visiting the family-friendly restaurant with her mother and had been in its designated play area before the attack took place.
Her attacker had reportedly been seen observing the little girl as she played, and then followed her when she went to the bathroom.
Horrific: The 20-year-old man had reportedly been ‘stalking’ his seven-year-old victim as she was in the restaurant’s play area
A witness told local media that the man had been sat alone near the play area and when asked to order had told staff he was ‘waiting for a friend’.
The attacker reportedly snatched the girl from the ladies bathroom, and locked himself with her in the men’s room where he sexually assaulted her.
When the girl’s mother noticed that her child was missing and heard shocking noises from the men’s toilet, she raised the alarm.
‘He was completely naked and so was the child. The child was bleeding from the groin,’ a witness told
Shocking: The man and his victim were found in the bathroom at this restaurant in Pretoria, South Africa, with the young girl bleeding from the groin
The witness told the news website that other guests immediately pounced on the 20-year-old.
The angry mob got so violent restaurant staff had to lock the rapist in the bathroom for his protection until police arrived.
The man has been arrested and charged with rape.
The restaurant released a statement confirming that the incident had happened in their venue on Saturday.