Bank employee charged with raping girlfriend’s child fighting for bail

06 Sep 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 SEP (NAMPA) – The bail hearing of a Windhoek resident arrested earlier this week for allegedly sexually abusing and raping the daughter of his girlfriend for five years, was on Friday postponed until next week.
The bail hearing of Tobias Mareko was put on hold until 11 September 2019 after a request by the accused’s defence lawyer, Attorney Jan Wessels, in order to allow the defence team to acquire crucial documentation that will support the bail application of the accused.
Senior Public Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk, who is representing the State in Mareko’s formal bail hearing, did not object to the postponement.
Windhoek Magistrate Samunzala Linus Samunzala is presiding over the bail hearing.
The 36-year-old Mareko - an information and communication technology logistics coordinator at a local bank - wants the court to release him on bail as he fears his continued incarceration would result in him losing his employment.
However, Van Wyk is strongly objecting to the granting of bail on the grounds that Mareko faces a serious criminal charge and because it would not be in the interests of the public or the administration of justice to release him on bail at this stage, while police investigations are ongoing.
Furthermore, Van Wyk said there is also a possibility that the accused might abscond once granted bail in order to evade prosecution due to the seriousness of the charge.
Mareko allegedly repeatedly sexually abused and raped the girl, who is now 15, for the past five years in a house they shared in Windhoek.
Documents presented during the formal bail application hearing show that he allegedly sexually violated the child since she was 11 years old.
Mareko remains in police custody at the Windhoek Police Station, pending the continuation of his bail bid.