Keetmans rape suspect appears in court

05 Aug 2015 14:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 05 AUG (NAMPA) - The man accused of attempted rape of a minor made his first appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Paulus Eiman, 30, is alleged to have attempted to rape a four-year-old mute girl around 14h00 on Monday in an open veld near houses in Keetmanshoop’s Tseiblaagte area.
He was spotted by an alert couple driving past, who noticed his suspicious behaviour and returned to investigate. They allegedly found him sitting with the little girl on his lap, his pants open and his genitals exposed. The girl’s underwear was reportedly pulled down.
A commotion erupted on Monday when angry Tseiblaagte residents and the girl’s mother arrived at the scene.
On Wednesday however, except for the judiciary officers, the court benches were completely empty.
Eiman is known to the community and happens to be a neighbour of the little girl. He allegedly lured her away from home with a promise to buy her sweets.
Although investigation into the matter is complete, the case has been postponed to 11 November to allow Eiman to apply for legal aid.
A dishevelled, but well-spoken Eiman indicated that in the meantime, he would apply for bail in his personal capacity while awaiting a response from the Legal Aid Directorate on his request for representation.
The date for bail application is yet to be determined.
Eiman remains in the holding cells.
Magistrate Anthony Shapumba sat on the bench with Emma Mayavero prosecuting.