20 Oct 2016 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 OCT NAMPA) - Okahandja resident Rudolf Goagoseb was Thursday found guilty in the Windhoek High Court for the violent attack and sexual assault of three minor girls at the town in September 2010.
Goagoseb was found guilty on five counts of rape, one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a count of attempted murder.
The 24-year-old was, however, not found guilty on the second count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but was instead found guilty on a charge of common assault.
Acting High Court Judge Boas Usiku handed down judgement after Prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that Goagoseb sexually assaulted the three minors on 29 September 2010.
It was also proved beyond reasonable doubt before court that then 18-year-old Goagoseb attempted to kill one of the victims when he twisted her neck and placed a T-shirt over her mouth and nose, thus making it difficult for her to breathe.
He raped two of the minor girls twice.
Members of the Namibian Police Forces Serious Crime Investigations Unit arrested Goagoseb, shortly after he sexually violated the three schoolgirls, aged between 12 and 14.
Evidence presented during trial showed that Goagoseb attacked the girls while they were walking through a bushy area near Okahandja's Nau Aib residential area.
Armed with a piece of a broken bottle, he threatened the girls and tied their hands before forcing them to perform sexual acts on him.
He then 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.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility until 26 October 2016 for presentation of the submissions of the evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentencing.
Goagoseb has previous convictions.
State Advocate Palmer Khumalo is appearing for the prosecution while Government-funded defence lawyer Titus Ipumbu is representing convicted Goagoseb.