Alleged Chilld Rapist Found Guilty In High Court

23 May 2013 06:38

WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - A Gobabis resident charged with raping a 14-year-old girl several times near the Epako informal settlement in July 2010, was found guilty as charged in the High Court here on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Michael Gariseb was found guilty on three counts of rape by High Court Judge Naomi Shivute on Tuesday morning.
His case was dealt with by the court under the provisions of the Combating of Rape Act of 2000.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet had it that Gariseb raped the teenager during the evening of 31 July 2010 near the new location at Epako in the Omaheke Region.
It is stated in the indictment that the young girl went to the bushes behind their house to relieve herself when Gariseb pounced on her.
?The 14-year-old victim has positively identified you (Michael Gariseb) during an identification parade that was conducted by the police at Gobabis shortly after incident. The victim has herself pointed you out without any hesitation during the identification parade as the person who raped her.
I am, therefore, satisfied that the State proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt that you were the person who sexually violated the teenager that day,? said the judge.
On the day of the rape incident, convict Gariseb had told the girl that he would kill her if she made a sound and then dragged her to a spot where he had non-consensual sexual intercourse with her. When he finished, he told her to go deeper into the bush with him where he raped her for a second time, where after he took her to another spot where he again raped her.
Gariseb denied all the charges during the trial.
He will return to the High Court on 25 June this year to hear submissions of evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentence by both Government-appointed defence lawyer Monty Karuaihe and State Advocate Karin Esterhuizen.
Gariseb was remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells until 25 June 2013.