Pastor remains behind bars

Accused of kidnapping and rape

22 January 2020 | Crime

Walvis Bay • [email protected]


Marvin Damaseb (39), a pastor of Holy Ghost Fire Ministries in Walvis Bay, remains in custody on charges of kidnapping and rape.

The accused was set to make his second appearance in the Walvis Bay magistrate’s court today, but failed to do so since he is hospitalised in Windhoek.

His case was postponed to 2 April for further investigation, as a photo plan of the case and additional witness statements are still needed.

According to Erongo deputy police commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, 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.

No bail has been granted and he remains behind bars.

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