Roads Authority engineer wants to appeal 12-year rape punishment

WINDHOEK: A Roads Authority (RA) engineer who was at the beginning of March this year sent to jail for 12 years for raping a woman in July 2011, wants to appeal the punishment.

On 05 March this year, High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg sent Epafradictus Ndokotora Unengu to jail for an effective total of 12 years and six months.

On the count of rape, Unengu was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment. On the count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm when he had attempted to kill the victim by strangling her and pouring sand into her mouth, Unengu was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

Today, Unengu through his Windhoek-based defence lawyer Sisa Namandje brought an urgent application before the same judge in which he asked the court to be granted leave to appeal both the conviction and sentences in the Supreme Court.

Namandje said the complainant, who was a single witness in the case, was not a reliable witness. Her evidence was not credible and she made various contradictions while testifying before court.

A ruling of the application for the leave to appeal will be handed down by Judge Liebenberg on 25 June this year.