Likoro granted bail to appeal rape sentence

05 May 2016 12:30pm
KATIMA MULILO, 05 MAY (NAMPA) – The Katima Mulilo Regional court has granted bail to convicted Vincent Likoro for him to pursue private business activities and raise money for his appeal.
The court last Friday granted bail pending appeal to Likoro for N.dollars 50 000.
Last month, while giving evidence in chief before Magistrate Mbongani Ndlovu, Likoro asked the court to consider releasing him on bail, as he needs to attend to private work such as farming, to gather enough funds to pay for his legal representatives during the appeal.
Likoro pleaded with the court that being locked up has had a detrimental effect on his financial status and responsibilities of caring for his 12 children - four of whom are aged 21, while the rest are minors in primary and secondary school.
Ndlovu granted Likoro bail on conditions including that he reports every two weeks to either the Rundu Police Station in Kavango East Region or the Windhoek Police Station in the Khomas. He indicated in court that these are the places where he will be conducting private work.
Likoro also had to hand over all traveling documents, and that if he wishes to travel outside Namibia, he should apply for this with the court. While on bail, Likoro is prohibited to apply for a passport.
Likoro is serving a 10-year sentence after he sexually violated a female colleague, while employed by the former Ministry of Lands and Resettlement. He was sentenced in January 2016.
At the time of his arrest and subsequent conviction, he was employed as a special advisor to then minister Alfeus !Naruseb. The rape incident occurred at a lodge during an official trip to the Zambezi Region in July 2013.
Likoro was defended by Jan Wessels of Metcalfe Attorneys, while deputy prosecutor general Dominic Lisulo is representing the State.