Alleged teen rapist remanded in custody

Case postponed

22 August 2021 | Crime

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

Swakopmund • [email protected]


The case of Glenn Clifford Leister (27), who stands accused of raping a 15-year-old girl at the Swakopmund Rest Camp, which at that time was used as a Covid-19 isolation facility, has been postponed to 8 September.

Leister (a driver at Swakopmund state hospital at the time) appeared before magistrate Nelao Brown last Thursday.

He was denied bail and the case was postponed for him to provide the court with a plea. Leister was represented by lawyer Jan Wessels.

According to information in a crime report provided by Erongo crime investigations coordinator Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, Leister was arrested on allegations of raping the 15-year-old victim who was a Covid-19 patient recovering at the rest camp, popularly known as the municipal bungalows in Swakopmund.

Evidence

During a previous appearance, Leister was denied bail due to the seriousness of the offence as the state argued that it is not in the administration of justice nor in the interest of justice that he be granted bail.

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

At that hearing, Leister denied all the charges. “We did not have sex. I only kissed her on the neck and touched her,” he said through sporadic bursts of tears.

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

The state prosecutor told magistrate 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.

The victim also 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 to have 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 further claimed 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 after committing the act.

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.

Wessels argued that the complainant had a cellphone with her at all times in the bungalow and could have 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.

At that hearing, 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.

Leister is being held at the Swakopmund police station holdings cells until his next court appearance.

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