Swakopmund serial rapist sent to jail for 30 years

24 Apr 2019 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA)- A Swakopmund resident found guilty in the High Court of raping a 15-year-old girl and two other women in Mondesa in 2015, was on Wednesday sentenced to an effective 30 years’ imprisonment.
Brendan van Wyk, 33, was sentenced by High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku after the judge earlier found him guilty on three counts of rape.
The court, however, acquitted him on a fourth count of rape and a count of attempting to obstruct or defeat the course of justice after the prosecution team could not prove these charges beyond reasonable doubt during the trial.
On the two counts of raping the two women he met in the Mondesa residential area in May 2015, Van Wyk was sentenced to a total of 30 years’ imprisonment.
He got 15 years on each of these rape counts.
On the third count of raping a 15-year-old girl he met near the Tamariskia cemetery around 06h30 on 01 April 2015, Van Wyk was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
The sentence imposed on the last count was ordered to run concurrently with one of the sentences imposed in respect of the rapes of the two older women.
In the result, Van Wyk was sentenced to an effective total of 30 years imprisonment.
Van Wyk committed the rape offences after he was released on bail on a similar rape charge.
“Van Wyk has a string of previous convictions which clearly show that he is not capable of being rehabilitated. He is a danger to society and must be removed from society for a considerable period of time,” said Judge Usiku while handing down the sentence.
Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Mpokiseng Dube appeared for Van Wyk, while State advocate Palmer Khumalo represented the prosecution.