Keetmanshoop teacher accused of abduction to conduct own defence

19 Mar 2019 17:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 19 MAR (NAMPA) – The 45-year-old teacher who allegedly abducted a 15-year-old girl here in June last year, will conduct her own defence after her application for legal aid was declined.
Valery Bock revealed this in court when she made another appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda.
The accused, who during her previous court hearing was represented by privately-instructed lawyer Florian Beukes, informed the court that she applied for legal aid through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Department on 19 February this year and it was declined due to her income.
Mungunda thereafter postponed her case to 12 May this year for plea.
The State was represented by Joas Neemwatya.
Bock, a teacher at Suiderlig Secondary School, is charged with abduction under the Combating of Immoral Practices Act 21 of 1980.
During her first court appearance on 14 June 2018, she was granted bail of N.dollars 4 000 on condition that she does not make any direct or indirect contact with the victim.
Bock allegedly abducted a Grade 9 learner and kept her at her house for four days.
The girl was reportedly 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.