19 Oct 2017 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 OCT (NAMPA) - A 48-year-old hostel caretaker of the Karundu Primary School in Otjiwarongo on Thursday made his first appearance in the Windhoek High Court on charges of sexually molesting 10 boys over a period of four years.
Mervin Ngujapeua appeared before Judge Christie Liebenberg on 32 charges of rape.
His case was remanded to 23 November 2017 to allow him time to consult with his family in respect of private legal representation.
He was informed to apply to the Ministry of Justices Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-funded lawyer.
Prosecution representative, Sate Advocate Palmer Khumalo served the accused with all the documentation of his case including the charge sheet, list of witnesses as well as a detailed account of the charges against him for his defence.
Ngujapeua was on Thursday transferred from the Otjiwarongo Police Stations holding cells to the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail.
A case of molestation was opened against him at the Otjiwarongo Police Station in March last year and he was arrested shortly afterwards.
Ngujapeua, whose duty was to take care of, mould and guide school children, was arrested after one of the victims of the alleged sexual abuse reported the matter to some teachers at the school.
It is alleged that the accused, who resided at the school premises, had a tendency of calling boys to his room at night, mostly when he was on night shift.
He would then allegedly show the boys, aged between 13 and 17, pornographic images on his mobile phone, before engaging in acts of a sexual nature with them.
Ngujapeuas wife lives in Okakarara.