Trial of woman charged with child sexual abuse nearing end

27 May 2019 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAY (NAMPA) – Submissions for judgement in the trial of a woman facing charges of human trafficking for allegedly luring a girl from northern Namibia to Okahandja for sexual exploitation, will be heard in the High Court in two weeks’ time.
The submissions were supposed to start before presiding High Court Judge Naomi Shivute Monday morning, but could not proceed because prosecution representative, State Advocate Felistas Shikerete-Vendura was not available before court as she was reportedly not feeling well.
The matter was, thereafter, postponed to 13 June this year for the presentation of the submissions before judgement.
The 34-year-old Tuufilwa Ndawina Jonas denied involvement in the matter on 23 April 2019 when she entered not guilty pleas to the charges against her.
Jonas is facing three counts of trafficking in persons, four counts of rape and one count of attempted rape for allegedly luring a girl aged 15 at the time from Okahenge village in the Omusati Region in 2017 with empty promises of employment.
The girl eventually dropped out of school to go to Okahandja.
Jonas, when pleading not guilty to the charges, said when she was in the north for a month and two days at Okahenge while visiting here family, she met the complainant there.
“But I never told her to leave school and come to stay with me at a farm in the Okahandja area. I also did not inform the complainant that I will find her a job at the farm where I was staying with my boyfriend at the time or at a salon in Okahandja as she testified before court,” she said.
The accused also dismissed the complainant’s evidence that upon her arrival at the farm in the Okahandja area, she forced the girl to move in with a certain John Puariune and have sex with him on several occasions against her will as payment for the N.dollars 200 fee for the transport from northern Namibia.
“I also never controlled her movements during her stay at the farm,” she testified.
The girl fell pregnant as a result of the alleged sexual exploitation during her stay at the farm.
Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht is defending Jonas, who remains in police custody at the Klein Windhoek Police Station with no option to post bail.
(NAMPA)
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