Okakarara man appears in court for allegedly raping cousin

06 May 2014 18:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 06 MAY (NAMPA) – An Okakarara man appeared in court on Tuesday morning for allegedly raping his seven-year-old cousin.
Paaki Kandinda, 30, appeared before Okakarara Magistrate, Anthony Shapumba on a charge of rape.
His case was postponed to 06 August 2014 for further police investigations.
Shapumba informed Kandinda of his right to engage a private lawyer, represent himself in court, or apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid.
Kandinda pleaded not guilty to the charge of rape, and opted to apply for a State-funded lawyer.
He was remanded in custody.
Public State Prosecutor Johannes Nunuheb represented the State.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha, Kandinda was arrested on Sunday on allegations that he raped his seven-year-old cousin in the bushes near the Okakarara Abattoir on the same day.
Mbeha said Kandinda and the victim were walking back home together after visiting relatives in Okakarara.
He apparently pulled the toddler into the bushes near the Okakarara Abattoir, and had sexual intercourse with her under coercive circumstances.
“The child informed her parents of what happened, who then took her to the Okakarara State Hospital that Sunday evening. The medical doctor confirmed that she was raped,” said Mbeha.
The child was treated at the same hospital and is now in stable condition.
Police investigations into the matter continue.