Young man accused of rape at Rehoboth denied bail

11 Sep 2018 17:20pm
REHOBOTH, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – A 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman arrested on Saturday for the alleged rape of a 53-year-old woman in Rehoboth’s Block G residential area made their first appearance in the Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Borris Smith, 20, and the girl who earlier was suspected to be his accomplice, appeared before Magistrate Desire Kamboua. The female (name known) was released before the court proceedings for lack of evidence and Nampa understands that she will now turn State witness.
Smith was denied bail as investigations are at an early stage.
The case was postponed to Wednesday for legal aid application.
It is suspected that the man and the younger woman conspired to lure the older woman into a riverbed between 17h00 and 18h00 on Saturday for Smith to rape her.
It is alleged that the two women had been socialising together at a local bar and after their drinks were finished, the victim was invited by her friend to accompany her to her residence to get more money.
According to police reports, while passing through the riverbed, the victim was grabbed from behind by a man who assaulted her and allegedly raped her in full view of the younger woman.
The victim was later rescued by passers-by and the male suspect and the younger woman fled the scene but were later arrested.
Smith is held at the Rehoboth Police holding cells.
The State was represented in court by Zibiho Munzenze.