RDP councillor charged with rape granted bail

10 Dec 2014 18:00pm
USAKOS, 10 DEC (NAMPA) – Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) councillor at Usakos, Daniel Stramis, was on Tuesday granted bail to the tune of N.Dollars 7 000.
Stramis, 37, spent close to two months behind bars following his arrest in October on after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl on several occasions.
The absence of a magistrate at Usakos, where the case was supposed to be heard on the day, led to it being heard in the Karibib Magistrate's court.
The RDP councillor was granted bail by Magistrate Lilian Mbaeva during a bail hearing heard in the
Karibib Magistrate’s Court.
State Prosecutor George Matali informed the court that the State is no longer objecting bail to Stramis.
Matali however requested that stringent conditions be attached to the bail.
Stramis was as such warned not to abscond, or interfere with police investigations. He was also requested to surrender his passport to the police, and to avoid contact with State witnesses.
The suspect was further instructed not to leave the districts of Usakos and Karibib without the authorisation of the investigation officer dealing with his case, and to report once a week at the Usakos Police Station.
According to the charge sheet, Stramis had sex with the minor on several occasions, allegedly without her consent.
Criminal Investigations’ Coordinator for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa said at the time of Stramis arrest that the minor's grandmother decided to have the girl examined by a doctor, after she suspected that she was sexually active.
After the doctor confirmed that she is sexually active, the minor was confronted upon which she alleged that Stramis had raped her.
He had apparently also given her money and sweets to discourage from telling anyone about what they had been doing.
Stramis was represented by Liezel Hyman of Fouche Van Vuuren Legal Practitioners.
He was not asked to plead and his case will be heard again on 18 February 2014 at Usakos, when the police investigation into the matter is expected to be completed.