Fugutive arrested in SA
04 Apr 2016 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 04 APR (NAMPA) A former South African police officer and wanted fugitive, Marthinus (Martin) Pretorius was arrested in Brakpan last week on charges of sexual offences and the trafficking of children in Namibia.
The 45-year-old Pretorius is facing 19 charges for sexual offences including rape, human trafficking and was listed as wanted by the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson Slogan Matheus at the weekly crime briefing on Sunday confirmed that Pretorius was arrested last Tuesday, adding that an extradition inquiry will commence through the South African courts.
Matheus said Pretorius is alleged to have raped three minor girls in Swakopmund in 2012 before fleeing to South Africa.
Judge President Petrus Damaseb in the Windhoek High Court in August 2015 sentenced a co-accused of Pretorius, Johanna Lukas to 13 years imprisonment on several counts of human trafficking and rape.
She sold three girls between ages of 13 and 14 to Pretorius in Swakopmunds Vineta area on four occasions between April and May 2012. The fugitive allegedly paid N.dollars 10 000 for the children.
Lukas, who has been in custody since 2012, was convicted on five counts of trafficking in persons and four counts of rape.
She was sentenced to five years on each of the five counts of trafficking in persons. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
Lukas was further sentenced to eight ears on each of the four counts of rape. These sentences will also run concurrently.
Meanwhile, The Citizen newspaper in South Africa reported that Pretorius appeared in the Brakpan Magistrates Court on 30 March 2016 and the case was postponed to 06 April 2016. He was remanded in custody and is being held at the Boksburg Prison.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi was quoted as saying that the suspects extradition was in the process of being prepared to send him back to Namibia where he will face the charges.