Accused denies raping teenager

Accused denies allegations

06 October 2020 | Crime

Glenn Clifford Leister; Accused; “I only kissed her on the neck and touched her.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Glenn Clifford Leister (26), who is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl recovering from Covid-19 at the Swakopmund municipal bungalows, made his second appearance in the Swakopmund magistrate’s court applying for bail.

The case has been postponed to 21 October.

The state, represented by prosecutor Johannes Shangadi, objected to bail being granted due to the seriousness of the offence saying that it is not in the administration of justice nor in the interest of justice.

The state is also concerned that Leister will interfere with witnesses if he is released on bail.

Leister denied all the charges during cross examination.

“We did not have sex. I only kissed her on the neck and touched her,” he said through sporadic burst of tears.

The state also claims to have evidence of inappropriate text messages that were sent to the complaint from Leister.

Shangadi told magistrate Paula Nelao Brown that medical examination results indicate that the 15-year-old girl’s hymen was broken and that a white discharge was found in her vagina after the alleged incident took place.

According to the state, the victim spoke to a social worker about her alleged ordeal, saying that Leister allegedly grabbed her forcefully by the arm after locking the bungalow door.

He allegedly fondled her breasts, before forcefully opening her legs and having sexual intercourse with her without her consent.

Evidence provided by the state also indicates that the victim told her social worker that the complainant pleaded with Leister to stop as he was hurting her.

The state also claims that Leister allegedly told the victim that she was the youngest girl that he had ever had sexual relations with and that it was his hormones that allegedly caused him to rape her.

Furthermore, the state argued that the accused allegedly went to stand in front of the mirror smiling to himself while his victim was bleeding. He allegedly then asked the victim to go outside to see if there was anyone in the area so that he could leave the room without being seen.

Leister’s lawyer, Jan Wessels, argued that the complainant had a cellphone with her at all times in the bungalow and could have immediately notified her parents that she was raped instead of telling a social worker.

Wessels also argued that it did not make sense for someone who had been raped to go outside to see if the coast was clear in order to give the alleged perpetrator the opportunity to leave the bungalow without being seen.

Leister told the court that he was aware what the legal age for someone to have sex is.

The defence called the accused’s stepfather as a witness to testify in favour of Leister’s bail application.

“I raised him well. He does not smoke, drink alcohol or even go to night clubs,” he said.

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