Verdict on rape appeal by ex-Swapo coordinator on Friday

07 Dec 2017 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 DEC (NAMPA) - The ruling of an appeal application by a man convicted of raping a former colleague during an official trip to the Zambezi Region in July 2013, is expected to be made public in the High Court here on Friday.
After having listened to oral arguments by the appellantÂ’s defence lawyer Advocate Louis Botes and State Advocate Dominic Lisulo (for the respondent), High Court judges Dinah Usiku and Christie Liebenberg, on 20 November 2017, reserved their judgement on the matter until 08 December 2017 for the handing down of the verdict.
In the matter, 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 by Regional Court Magistrate Bongani Ndlovu.
During the hearing last month, Likoro through his privately-instructed defence lawyer, Botes, attacked the manner in which the Regional Court handled the whole proceeding of the trial.
According to Likoro, 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 events without allowing proper cross-examination.
The appellant asked the High Court to re-look 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 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.
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.
The respondent is the prosecuting authority.