05 Mar 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAR (NAMPA) A Road Authority (RA) engineer who was last month found guilty of raping a woman in the Kavango West Region in July 2011, has been sent to jail for over 12 years.
Epafradictus Ndokotora Unengu was found guilty on 23 February 2015 by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on a count of rape and a count of assault with an intent to do grievous bodily harm in connection with the rape of a woman on 09 July 2011 at the Makambu village in that region.
On the first count of rape, Unengu was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
On the second count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm when he had attempted to kill the victim by strangling her and pouring sand into her mouth afterwards, the accused was sentenced to six months imprisonment.
The most aggravating circumstances in this case are that you (Epafradictus Ndokotora Unengu) raped the victim by applying physical force. You have totally violated the dignity and the fundamental rights of the victim when you raped her by use of force and against her will. You must learn how to respect the fundamental rights of other people, particularly the rights of women and girls, said Judge Liebenberg.
Unengu is a first offender, and is a married father of two children.
He was initially charged with two counts of rape and three counts of attempted murder when his trial kicked off in the High Court here on 21 January this year.
Liebenberg discharged him on a second count of rape and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the alleged rape of another woman in the capital's Northern Industrial area during November 2012.
He was cleared due to the various contradictory testimonies and other related statements which were provided by the victim herself and other State witnesses during trial.
In his evidence-in-chief before court, Unengu was adamant that he had consensual sexual intercourse with both women.
His rape trial was being dealt with under the strict provisions of the recently-introduced Combating of Rape of 2000, which warrants long prison terms in case of conviction.
He has been free on bail of N.dollars 30 000, which was withdrawn upon his conviction.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Sisa Namandje represented Unengu, and State Advocate Dominic Lisulo appeared for the prosecution.