Keetmanshoop abduction accused in alleged breach of bail condition

27 Nov 2018 15:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – A 45-year-old teacher who allegedly abducted a 15-year-old school girl here in June this year has allegedly breached her bail condition.
The accused, Valery Bock, a teacher at Suiderlig Secondary School, is charged with abduction under the Combating of Immoral Practices Act 21 of 1980.
Bock made her fourth appearance in Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda.
During her first court appearance, Bock was granted bail of N.dollars 4 000 on condition that she does not make any direct or indirect contact with the victim.
On Tuesday, state representative Lewis Chigunwe told the court that the state wishes to bring forth an urgent cancellation of bail application hearing as the accused has allegedly breached the bail condition by visiting and sending text messages to the victim.
Bock’s privately-instructed lawyer, Florian Beukes told the court that he was not ready for such a hearing.
“I am on sick leave booked off until 30 November and I will only be able to be available for such hearing [from] 11 December this year,” Beukes said.
Mungunda then postponed the case to 11 December 2018 for the hearing of the bail cancellation and warned the accused that if she continues breaching the bail condition, she will be arrested and remanded in custody.
Bock allegedly abducted a Grade 9 learner and kept her at her house for four days.
The girl was found inside a wardrobe in Bock’s house in the Lemoendraai residential area after a search warrant was issued for the girl.
It is suspected that Bock was involved in a romantic relationship with the girl.
(NAMPA)
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