Keetmans Cop On Rape Charges Weeps in Court

A KEETMANSHOOP police officer arrested for allegedly raping a 28-year-old woman wept in court yesterday.

Dennis Aribeb, who allegedly committed the offence at a flat in the Tseiblaagte residential area on Saturday night, started weeping in the dock, while waiting for the court proceedings to start.

He was not asked to plead on charges of rape and kidnapping and his case was postponed to 20 August to allow for further police investigation and for the suspect to obtain legal representation.

It is alleged that Aribeb offered to take the victim home in his vehicle from a drinking spot where they met, but instead drove to his flat located in Tseiblaagte where he raped her.

State Prosecutor Joseph Andreas opposed the granting of bail to Aribeb in the interest of the public and the administration of justice, while adding that the investigation into the alleged rape was still at an early stage.

According to Andreas, the victim also opposed bail, stating in a police affidavit that she “fears Aribeb might rape her again” since he mentioned while raping her that he had been “looking for quite some time for her”.

Karas police regional commander Armas Shivute said: “It’s very disturbing to see people who are expected to enforce the law and protect the citizens, finding themselves on the wrong side of the law.”

He said the police would not hesitate to take action against those breaking the law.

“Police officer or no police officer if you break the law, you will face the full wrath of the law,” Shivute added.

Source : The Namibian