17 Nov 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 NOV (NAMPA) - The hearing of an appeal application by a man convicted of raping a former colleague during an official trip to the Zambezi Region in July 2013, began in the High Court here on Friday.
The appeal kicked off before High Court Judges Dinah Usiku and Christie Liebenberg.
Vincent Likoro is appealing against the 10-year prison sentence that was imposed on him by the Katima Mulilo Regional Court on 21 January 2016, claiming there was grave misdirection by the court at the time of the judgement and sentencing.
Regional Court Magistrate Bongani Ndlovu handed down the punishment at the time.
Likoro, through his privately-instructed defence lawyer, Advocate Louis Botes, is particularly attacking the manner in which the Regional Court handled the whole proceeding of the trial.
According to the appellant, the trial was not legally handled as per the strict provisions of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977. He also claimed that the presiding regional magistrate just rejected his version of the events without allowing proper cross-examination.
Likoro is now asking the High Court to re-look into all the alleged irregularities done by the Regional Court, saying what transpired in court during trial was not correct at all.
Likoro, a former Swapo Party regional coordinator, wants the High Court to refer the matter back to the Katima Regional Court to start afresh before another magistrate.
Likoro was in January 2016 sent to jail for 10 years after he was convicted of having had sexual intercourse with a colleague without her consent during a trip to the eastern parts of the country when he was a ministerial advisor in the then Ministry of Lands and Resettlement.
However, the Katima Mulilo Regional Court on 05 May 2016 granted Likoro bail of N.dollars 50 000 to allow him to pursue private business activities and raise money for his appeal hearing.
Bail conditions include reporting to either the Rundu Police Station in the Kavango East Region or the Windhoek Police Station in the Khomas Region every two weeks.
Likoro informed the court that he would be conducting private work in these two towns while free on bail.
State Advocate Dominic Lisulo is appearing for the respondent - being the prosecuting authority.
The appeal bid will continue on Monday.