No bail for teacher who allegedly raped learner at PPS

26 Oct 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) - A Windhoek teacher arrested here on Friday for allegedly raping a learner of the People’s Primary School (PPS) in Katutura, has been refused bail.
Patrick Geingob, 34, was refused bail when he made his first appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Hambeleleni Heita along Mungunda Street in Katutura on Monday morning.
Public Prosecutor Granny Paulus objected to the granting of bail due to the seriousness and complexity of the rape charge the accused person is facing.
Another reason for the refusal of bail was that police investigations into the matter were still at an initial stage and the accused might interfere with the investigations once released on bail.
Geingob's privately-instructed defence lawyer, Garth Joseph told the court that he will bring a formal bail application before court in the next few days in order to secure the release of his client from police custody.
The case was then remanded until 11 December this year, pending further police investigations.
The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi told a media briefing in the capital on Sunday Geingob was arrested by members of the police's Gender-Based Violence Investigation Unit (GBVIU) on Friday afternoon.
Geingob apparently turned himself in at that unit’s office at the Katutura State Hospital upon hearing that he is being investigated by the police in connection with the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl at his school.
He was then arrested.
The accused allegedly repeatedly raped the girl between May and October this year.