Ongwediva rape case postponed after accused's hospitalisation

11 Apr 2018 16:20pm
OSHAKATI, 11 APR (NAMP) – The rape case against an Oshakati-based medical doctor, Benhard Shitende Mulumba, was on Wednesday again postponed in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court for a bail application hearing after the accused was hospitalised the same day.
Presiding Magistrate, Makapa Simasiku postponed the case after hearing from Prosecutor Mpule Siyamunji and defence lawyer Silas Kishi Shakumu that Mulumba fell ill.
Shakumu confirmed to Nampa that Mulumba is hospitalised under police guard at the Oshakati State Hospital, where he has been receiving treatment since Tuesday.
Mulumba, 40, a Congolese national who resides in Ongwediva, appeared for the first time in the same court on 03 April 2018 and his case was postponed to Wednesday.
He stands accused of forcing a 20-year-old student into sexual intercourse in the Ongwediva area on 02 April 2018.
It is alleged that he offered the victim a ride and drove to the Onawa village on the outskirts of Ongwediva, where he reportedly raped her in his car.
The victim opened the case at the Ongwediva Namibian Police Force (NamPol) station the same day the incident is alleged to have happened.
Mulumba was arrested the next day after the victim provided NamPol with the registration number of his car.
He is facing three counts of rape, assault with intend to cause grievous bodily harm, and assault by threat.
Mulumba was not asked to plea on the said charges at his first appearance and remains in custody.
Local lawyer, Tuwilika Shailemo of the Shailemo Associates, stood in for Shakumu during Mulumba’s first court appearance.