Sergeant's bail for alleged rape of child denied

02 Nov 2017 15:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 02 NOV (NAMPA) – A sergeant in the Namibian Police Force was on Thursday denied bail at Otjiwarongo for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl at the Ombili informal settlement.
Oscar Hennock appeared before Magistrate Yvette Fredericks, who remanded him in custody for further police investigations and for him to apply for a Legal Aid lawyer through the Ministry of Justice.
It is alleged that Hennock raped the minor during the period of 08 and 11 October 2017 at a neighbour’s house.
It is alleged that the accused gave the victim a dollar coin for her to keep the alleged offense a secret.
Hennock and the victim are neighbours.
Public prosecutor Coleen Yisa represented the State in the matter and strongly opposed the granting of bail on grounds that Hennock allegedly made threats to deal with the victim if she dared tell any person about the incident.
Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas on Thursday said Hennock was arrested after being positively identified by the victim during a police parade.
Andreas told Nampa the parade was conducted for this specific case at the Otjiwarongo Police Station on Wednesday.
The police parade identification had involved four police officers as well as the suspect and three inmates, all dressed in civilian clothes.
Hennock was then arrested on the spot and charged for rape.
The case is expected to return to court on 20 December 2017.
Police investigations continue.