07 May 2019 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAY (NAMPA) The trial of a Russian national and a Walvis Bay resident who stand accused of allegedly raping five underage girls in Walvis Bay, will begin in the High Court here in February 2020.
Alexander Krylov, 58, is said to have met the teenage girls through the 26-year-old Anna Katrina Engelbrecht between 2016 and 2017, at the coastal town where he worked as a marine pilot.
The duo made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Tuesday during a pre-trial of case management review, and were informed that their alleged human trafficking trial is set down to kick off in the High Court on 03 February.
The trial is scheduled to run until 13 February 2020, and High Court Judge-President Petrus Damaseb is assigned to preside over the trial proceedings.
The date for the start of the trial was decided upon as per agreement reached between State Advocate Palmer Khumalo and the accused persons defence lawyers - Sisa Namandje and Kalundu Kamwi - in court on Tuesday morning.
Furthermore, 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 the lawyers representing the two accused to prepare for their defence case.
The duo was arrested on charges of rape and human trafficking in October 2017.
It is alleged that three of the victims were 16 years old at the time of the incidents, while the other two were 15.
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 Russian was also previously charged with an offence of assault.
Krylov and Engelbrecht are free on bail of N.dollars 40 000 each.