Graveyard rape accused denied bail in Mariental

07 Feb 2019 16:00pm
REHOBOTH, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – A second man arrested on Tuesday for the alleged rape of a 34-year-old woman last Saturday in Mariental, made his first appearance at the Mariental Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Collins Skrywer, 37, who was on the run after the alleged rape, appeared before Magistrate Verinao Kamahene on a charge of rape where his case was postponed to 09 April to be merged with that of his co-accused, for further investigations and to allow him to apply for legal aid.
His alleged accomplice, 25-year-old Hendrick Le Roux who was arrested on Saturday, appeared in the Mariental Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday where he was denied bail.
His case was postponed to 09 April for legal aid application and laboratory results to be obtained.
Public prosecutor Loide Nghixulifwa represented the State in the matter and called for the refusal of bail, saying the investigations are still at an early stage and that the granting of bail would not be in the public’s interest.
The woman reported to the police that she was drinking tombo at a certain house in Aimablaagte and later when she left, two men who were at the same place followed her in the direction of the graveyard and overpowered and raped her.
Investigations in the matter continue.