Alleged serial rapist going on trial next month

24 Aug 2016 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 24 AUG (NAMPA) - A young resident of Okahandja arrested in October 2010 after he allegedly violently attacked and sexually assaulted three girls at the town, is going on trial in the High Court here next month.
Rudolf Goagoseb, now 24, made another appearance during a pre-trial conference of case management review before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Wednesday and was informed that the trial of his alleged rape case will start at the beginning of September. He allegedly sexually assaulted three minor girls when he was 18 years old in October 2010.
The trial is set to start on 05 September and will run until the end of the same month.
The trial date was set in court as per agreement reached between State Advocate Palmer Khumalo and Goagoseb's government-funded defence lawyer, Kadhila Amoomo.
Goagoseb faces five counts of rape, two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and attempted murder.
He allegedly raped two of the minor girls twice, as indicated in the charge sheet.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that accused Goagoseb was arrested by members of the Namibian Police's Serious Crime Investigations Unit at the beginning of October 2010, shortly after he allegedly violently attacked and sexually molested three minor schoolgirls, aged between 12 and 14.
It is alleged that he attacked the girls while they were walking through a bushy area near Okahandja's Nau Aib residential area.
Goagoseb, allegedly armed with a broken bottle, threatened the girls and tied up their hands before forcing them to perform sexual acts on him.
He allegedly violently raped the 12-year-old girl, who was found naked and bleeding.
The girl had to receive medical treatment at the Okahandja State Hospital for the injuries she sustained.
It is further reported that accused Goagoseb was free on bail on a charge of rape when he violently attacked and sexually molested his victims.
Goagoseb remains in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility until the start of his trial on 05 September 2016.