14 Mar 2019 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 MAR (NAMPA) A Walvis Bay resident charged along with a Russian national who stands accused of raping five underage girls in Walvis Bay, has finally secured legal representation.
Alexander Krylov is said to have met the girls through the 26-year-old Anna Katrina Engelbrecht between 2016 and June 2017.
Engelbrecht made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Thursday during a pre-trial of case management review, when she was informed that the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid has now appointed local lawyer Kalundu Kamwi to represent her during future court proceedings and when the trial begins.
A State disclosure that contains a list of the names of State witnesses, a photo plan and other related documents in respect of the case were also handed over to Engelbrecht's lawyer to prepare.
The duo was arrested on charges of rape and human trafficking in October 2017.
In addition, the 58-year-old Krylov's privately-instructed lawyer, Sisa Namandje told the court today that he will file a request for the prosecution to provide further particulars in preparation of the defence of his client.
The matter was postponed to 18 April 2019 to allow Engelbrecht's lawyer to consult with her on how to proceed with the case.
Krylov worked as a marine pilot at Walvis Bay when the alleged rapes occurred.
State Advocate Palmer Khumalo appeared for the prosecution.
It is alleged that three of the victims were 16 years old at the time of the incidents, while the other two were 15.
The rape and human trafficking case was on 18 November last year transferred from the Walvis Bay Magistrates Court to the Windhoek High Court, as per a decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
Krylov, who was only known to the girls as Mr Alex, allegedly used to fetch them from the Kuisebmond residential area before taking them to his flat, where he reportedly engaged in sexual acts with them on several occasions.
Court records show that it is not the first time Krylov found himself on the wrong side of the law as he was also arrested and charged with kidnapping of a minor girl from Walvis Bay in 2009.
The accused was also previously charged with assault.
Krylov and Engelbrecht are free on bail of N.dollars 40 000 each.