Man accused of raping daughter at Okondjatu remains in custody

08 Mar 2019 12:20pm
OKAKARARA, 08 MAR (NAMPA) – A 59-year-old Okondjatu man accused of raping his 14-year-old daughter at their home on Monday, made his first appearance in the Okakarara Magistrate’s Court on Thursday and he was remanded in custody.
The accused appeared before Magistrate Masule Kwizi, who explained his legal right to engage a privately acquired lawyer, apply for legal assistance through the Ministry of Justice, or defend himself in court.
He opted to apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Legal Aid Directorate and his case was then postponed to 30 April 2019 to allow for further police investigations and for him to secure legal representation.
Prosecutor Johannes Inongelwa represented the State in the matter.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha earlier told Nampa the alleged rape took place in the early hours of Monday morning at the man’s house where he resides with the victim.
“The girl’s mother is deceased and the girl reported the incident to her class teacher at school. The teacher alerted some family members of the girl and the police,” Mbeha said.
The man was then questioned by the police and later arrested on Tuesday after a case of rape and/or incest was opened against him.