Rape accused stepdad out on bail

Crime

18 February 2021 | Crime

Magistrate John Sindano, “… rape is a serious offence, especially if the victim is 13-years-old.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

A man (51) accused of raping his 13-year-old stepdaughter was granted bail of N$4 000.

The accused, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, appeared before magistrate John Sindano.

The accused was arrested on 8 December 2020, and has been behind bars since. The alleged rape occurred between 2019 and 2020.
The accused applied for bail on Tuesday (9 February) because he indicated that he has diabetes as well as high blood pressure, and because he is not receiving special food that is needed for his conditions.

Sindano said that while one person accused of rape may succeed in their bail application, others may not. However, “rape is a serious offence, especially if the victim is 13-years-old”.

“In this case … the guardian of the alleged victim is a state witness. In fact, she testified during these proceedings. She is the mother of the victim. She does not object to bail and she still has a relationship with the victim. There is no shred of evidence from the state to remotely suggest that this guardian is malevolent, wicked, has something to hide, or is complicit.

Sindano added that the alleged victim no longer resides at the residence of the accused and his wife, saying that she has been relocated to a family member in Swakopmund.

Sindano said that while there are allegations that the applicant allegedly interfered in that he supposedly told the victim to not tell the police, “this evidence will be tested in court”.

The matter was postponed to 30 March 2021 for further investigations.

In a separate case, a grandfather (67) accused of raping his granddaughter (13), is currently applying for bail in the Walvis Bay magistrate’s court. The application began on Tuesday (16 February) and has not yet been completed. The accused, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, is a well-known man in the community of Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay.

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