Pastor remains behind bars for kidnapping
Also charged with rape
18 November 2019 | Crime
Marvin Damaseb (39), a pastor from Holy Ghost Fire Ministries in Walvis Bay, appeared in the magistrate’s court on a charge of kidnapping this morning.
An additional charge of rape was also added.
According to Erongo deputy police commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, Damaseb allegedly took a girl who is believed to be 13 years old without the consent of the mother from a primary school in Walvis Bay.
“The mother reported the matter to the police on the same day (4 November). The police found the pastor and the girl in Windhoek on 8 November, where 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.
Appearing before magistrate Rhivermo Williams today, Damaseb indicated that he will be conducting his own defence.
State prosecutor Wakundomo Fidel said that the State is adding a charge of rape, as it is alleged he had sexual intercourse with the victim. The State opposed bail based on the seriousness of the offence.
Williams postponed the case to 22 January 2020 for further investigation, since the birth certificate of the victim and her statement are still outstanding.
The pastor remains behind bars.