Omusati police investigating rape of minor girl

WINDHOEK: A man from the Epato village in the Omusati Region allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl on various occasions since the beginning of the year.

The Head of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said at the weekly crime briefing in the capital on Sunday the Omusati police are investigating the matter.

The man is said to be a neighbour to the girl at Epato, which is situated in the Ogongo Constituency.

He had apparently engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim without her consent during January and February this year.

Kanguatjivi said it is alleged that the sexual acts took place in the suspect’s house, and the case was only brought to the attention of the police on 15 March.

The suspect in the case has not been arrested yet and police investigations continue.

Kanguatjivi also reported that in a separate incident in the Havana informal settlement in Windhoek, a 25-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy, wrapped him in a blanket and left him in the bushes.

“A passerby heard the baby crying and went to investigate, but by the time he reached the baby, he was already dead,” he said.

The woman was arrested and charged with murder and concealment of birth.

She is expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Monday.