Swapo adviser convicted of rape

18 Jan 2016 19:50pm
KATIMA MULILO, 18 JAN (NAMPA) – A special adviser in the office of the Swapo secretary-general has been convicted of rape by the Katima Mulilo Regional Court in the Zambezi Region.
On Monday, Magistrate Bongani Ndlovu convicted Vincent Likoro on one count of rape and acquitted him on the other rape charge he was facing since July 2013.
During the court hearing, Likoro’s bail of N.dollars 2 000 was cancelled and forfeited to the State based on his conviction. He was remanded in the custody of the Namibian Police at Katima Mulilo, where he will be held until his sentencing on Thursday.
Ndlovu informed Likoro that mitigations and aggravations will be done on Thursday before judgement is passed on the same day.
The magistrate denied a request by Likoro’s lawyers to extend his bail, saying the convict no longer enjoys the presumption of innocent as he had been found guilty.
In July 2013, a female colleague of Likoro from the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, where he was employed as a special adviser to the minster, accused him of rape.
Likoro is said to have had sexual intercourse with the woman in her room without her consent.
According to court records, the rape occurred at a lodge the Lands’ Ministry’s staff were staying for the duration of their official visit to the then Caprivi, now Zambezi Region, to consult traditional authorities on land matters.
The incident occurred after the delegation had dinner together, after which Likoro and the victim remained behind and he then started making sexual advances towards her.
Likoro is said to have then followed the victim to her room, where the two started kissing but no consent was given to him to have sexual intercourse with her.
The rape was reported to the Namibian Police on 06 July 2013.