Hostel caretaker rape trial continues in October

19 Jul 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) – The trial of a former hostel caretaker arrested for allegedly sexually abusing 10 minor boys at the Karundu Primary School in Otjiwarongo, was on Friday postponed to 19 October this year.
The case was postponed in the Windhoek High Court when the accused, Mervin Nguyapeua, appeared before Judge Nate Ndauendapo, in order to allow the accused to consult with his new State-funded defence lawyer, Vanessa Kauta, on how to proceed with the defence.
The accused met his new defence lawyer for the first time in court on Friday following the withdrawal of his former government-sponsored defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht over the past few weeks.
The postponement was done as per agreement reached between State advocate Seredine Jacobs and Kauta in court.
Nguyapeua on 20 June 2018 denied committing the offences when he entered not guilty pleas to 32 charges of rape and 27 alternative charges of committing sexual acts involving 10 boys younger than 16 from 2013 to 2015 while employed as caretaker at that school hostel.
At the time, the accused did not disclose anything in respect of his not guilty pleas, and is now challenging the prosecution to prove the charges against him.
According to a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet, he allegedly committed the offences while living at the school hostel.
He was regarded as a father figure by the learners who stayed in the hostel at the time.
Nguyapeua remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility’s trial-awaiting section, where he has been since his arrest with no option to post bail.