Pastor charged with kidnapping granted bail
27 February 2020 | Crime
Tanya Klazen; Lawyer; "He has been in custody for a long time and also suffers from glaucoma."
Pastor Marvin Damaseb allegedly took a girl who is believed to be 13-years old, without her mother’s consent from a primary school in Walvis Bay on 4 November and fled.
The mother reported the matter to the police on the same day. The police found the pastor and the girl in Windhoek on 8 November. He was arrested and she was taken to a shelter.
Damaseb made his first appearance in the Windhoek magistrate’s court on 11 November and the case was transferred to Walvis Bay.
During his first court appearance, Damaseb indicated that he would be conducting his own defence.
The State added a charge of rape to that of kidnapping as it is alleged the accused had intercourse with the victim.
During his latest appearance, the case against Damaseb was postponed to 15 April for final remand – further investigations. A photo plan of the case and the rape kit results are still needed.
The bail conditions set determine that he should not contact the complainant directly or indirectly and if he wishes to leave the Walvis Bay district, he should inform the investigating officers.
His newly appointed lawyer, Tanya Klazen, requested leniency from the court on the bail amount.
“Both my client and his wife are currently unemployed. He does the work of a pastor which is community work. He has been in custody for a long time and also suffers from glaucoma. His eye has been bothering him for a while now, so when he is out on bail, he will have to cover the required medical expenses himself as well.”
Magistrate Rhivermo Williams set bail at N$3 000 citing the seriousness of his crime. The State was represented by Wakadumo Fidel.