07 Feb 2015 10:10am
SWAKOPMUND, 07 FEB (NAMPA) A 36-year-old man from Mondesa residential area in Swakopmund has been charged with the rape of a five-year-old girl.
Paulus Mweenda allegedly fondled the girls genitals while masturbating, and released sperm onto her body.
The incident took place at the accuseds house in Mondesa last weekend.
Detective Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay confirmed the arrest to Nampa on Friday.
He said the accused allegedly lured the child into his room to watch television.
Mweenda then allegedly undressed her, stripped himself naked and proceeded with the act.
The detective explained that although there was no penetration, the accused is charged with raping a minor.
Mondesa residents expressed disgust about the incident on social network site Facebook under a group called You know you are from Swakis If
Most of them called for the accused to be killed, while others suspect witchcraft might have influenced him to commit the crime in an effort to get rich.
He must be stoned to death, because he does not deserve to go to jail where we will support him again with our tax money, said Facebook member, Baba VaTariro Machoba.
A neighbour of the accused, Lynette Church-Holic Kachas said Mweenda was drunk at the time of committing the alleged crime.
The man is my neighbour; it is good that he did not hurt the girl. I saw her playing and running around. I see him with different ladies on daily basis at his house. Looks like he is a sex addict, she said on Facebook.
Magistrate Nelao Brown heard the case in the Swakopmund Magistrates Court on Monday, with Tanya Jacobie prosecuting for the State.
Mweenda was remanded in custody for further police investigations into the matter, and to allow him to prepare for legal representation.
His case will be heard again on 11 March 2015.