Police officer accused of raping pensioner at Okahandja

04 Feb 2015 12:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 04 FEB (NAMPA) – A 38-year-old police officer appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of rape.
Immanuel Elago was arrested on Monday in Okahandja after a case of rape was opened against him by a 63-year-old pensioner.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed the case against Elago to Nampa in an interview on Wednesday morning.
She said Elago joined the police force in 2003.
It is alleged that Elago in 2014 assisted the pensioner to recover documents she had lost in Windhoek when some thieves stole her handbag.
According to the charge sheet, Elago allegedly raped the woman at her residence situated in the Abenfrieden Retirement Village in Okahandja on 24 January 2015.
The complainant opened a case of rape against Elago on 25 January 2015, but the accused was allegedly hiding until Monday this week when he was arrested in Okahandja.
The accused police officer was stationed at the Windhoek Police Station, and it alleged that he travelled to Okahandja on 24 January this year to visit the victim at her home where he raped her.
On Tuesday, Elago appeared before Magistrate Khaeprimus Swartz on a charge of rape.
His case was postponed to 16 February 2015 for further police investigations.
Swartz explained to Elago his the legal rights to engage a private lawyer of his choice; apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate or defend himself in court.
He opted to engage a private lawyer.
Elago also indicated that he will submit a bail application statement to court on Thursday.
The accused is being kept at the Hosea Kutako International Airport Police Holding cells.
Public Prosecutor Kinda Nangombe represented the State in the matter.