Farm owner arrests Bethanie rape suspect

03 Nov 2017 15:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 03 NOV (NAMPA) – The 32-year-old man who allegedly robbed and raped a German tourist at Farm Barbie in the Bethanie district, was apprehended by farm workers and a farm owner Thursday night.
The arrest comes after a police manhunt over several days on foot and via helicopter over mountainous areas failed to yield results.
Namibian Police Force //Kharas Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo told Nampa Friday the suspect was caught on a farm 70 kilometres outside Aus.
He said the man came to the farm at about 19h00 and approached farm workers with the intent to rest.
“They then handed him over to the farm owner, Britz de Waal, who executed a citizen’s arrest and took the suspect to the Aus Police Station,” Mubebo said.
The farm owner handed the suspect over to officers on duty at the police station at around 22h00.
The attack on the 34-year-old German female sent shockwaves through the country.
Members of the public criticised the justice system as the suspect was out on bail on assault and robbery charges at the time of the incident.
He allegedly broke into the room of the German national at a lodge on Farm Barbie on Monday.
The suspect first robbed her of money and a cellphone before raping her.
He is expected to make a first appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court early next week.
Police investigations continue.