No bail for alleged rapist pastor

26 Sep 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) - A Rhenish Church pastor based at Groot-Aub and arrested at the beginning of this month for allegedly raping an under-aged girl at the settlement, has been refused bail.
The settlement of Groot-Aub is located in the Khomas Region between Windhoek and Rehoboth.
Elvis Jansen will have to spend more time in custody at the Hosea Kutako International Airport police holding cells until the finalisation of his case.
The 34-year-old local spiritual leader was refused bail in a judgement handed down by Windhoek Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi at the end of his formal bail application on Monday afternoon.
Bail was denied after Public Prosecutor Fillemon Nyau presented evidence that the spiritual leader may abscond from Namibia to other countries in order to evade prosecution.
Another reason for the refusal of bail was that the accused pastor, due to his respect and influence in the community and among members of his church, could interfere directly or indirectly with police investigations by making contact with the complainant and other State witnesses.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer, Advocate Winnie Christiaans represented the pastor during the hearing of his bail application.
During the bail application, Jansen denied having had a sexual relationship with the complainant, adding that his arrest and the charge of rape are the result of a smear campaign against him.
The complainant in the matter is a 16-year-old member of Jansen's church congregation.
Evidence presented during the bail application state that the complainant's father laid a charge against Jansen after he discovered text messages, allegedly sent by the pastor to his daughter's mobile phone.
The case was postponed until 11 November 2016 in order to allow the police to complete their investigations into the matter.