More girls, women to lay rape charges against pastor

27 Sep 2016 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) - A Rhenish Church pastor in the dock for the rape of an underage girl, could face more charges of a similar nature.
Public Prosecutor Fillemon Nyau told the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura that several minor girls and young women at the settlement of Schlip, Rehoboth and Walvis Bay are ready to lay charges of rape and sexual molestation against Pastor Elvis Jansen.
The pastor is in custody after the father of a 16-year-old girl laid a charge of rape against him earlier this month.
“The Police are now busy with the investigations of these new cases,” said Nyau during the hearing of the pastor's now unsuccessful bail application on Monday.
Windhoek Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi refused him bail after the State presented evidence that the pastor may abscond from Namibia to other countries in order to evade prosecution.
Other reasons for the refusal of bail was that the accused pastor, due to his respect and influence in the community and among the members of his church, could interfere directly or indirectly with the police investigations by making contacts with the complainant and other State witnesses.
Jansen is denying the allegations.
The case was on Monday remanded until 11 November 2016 in order to allow the police to complete their investigations.