Rehoboth man denied bail for allegedly raping stepdaughter

04 Sep 2018 10:50am
REHOBOTH, 04 SEP (NAMPA) – A man arrested on Friday for allegedly raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter in Rehoboth’s Block E residential area, on Monday made a brief appearance in the Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court.
Ricardo Witbeen, 31, made his first appearance in front of Magistrate Andre Matulich on a charge of rape when his case was postponed to Tuesday for legal aid application.
It is alleged that Witbeen raped the 12-year-old and threatened to strangle and kill her. The suspect allegedly fell asleep after the incident and the victim fled from the scene and informed her aunt, who then reported the matter to the police.
The accused was denied bail because of the serious nature of the case and as granting him bail at this stage would not be in the public interest. The investigation into the matter is also at an early stage.
Witbeen indicated he would apply for legal aid.
Public Prosecutor Zibiho Hillia Munzenze appeared for the State.
The accused is being held at the Rehoboth Police Station holding cells.