Three rape cases reported over the weekend

WINDHOEK: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)recorded three incidents of rape this past weekend in the Khomas and Hardap regions.

A 29 year-old female was raped by an unknown man on Sunday in the Greenwell Matongo area at about 02h00.

NamPol’s spokesperson, Seargent Slogan Matheus, told a media briefing here on Sunday the incident occurred when the victim – who was returning home from a night out – took a taxi outside a certain bar in Greenwell Matongo.

When she got into the taxi, the unknown suspect allegedly emerged from the same bar and also got into the same taxi.

When the victim was dropped off by the taxi at her residence, the suspect also disembarked from the taxi and when the vehicle drove off, the suspect grabbed the victim and pulled her into the riverbed in Matshisthi Street where he had sexual intercourse without her consent.

No arrest has been made and police investigations into the matter continue.

NamPol is also investigating the rape of a 53 year-old female, who was raped in Gibeon in the Hardap Region on Saturday morning.

The victim who was camping at a house for a family funeral at Gibeon’s Old location was raped by the suspect while she was asleep.

Matheus said the victim felt a some weight on top of her which woke her up. The suspect then fled the and disappeared.

The suspect, who is still at large, is well-known to the owners of the house and other fellow mourners and is believed to be a cattle herder from a farm near Mariental.

A wide search is being conducted by the police and residents of Gibeon to find the suspect.

In other incident, A 36-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two unknown suspects in the Gammams riverbed in Khomasdal on Friday afternoon between 14h00 and 15h00.

The two unknown suspects allegedly grabbed the victim and forced her into long bushes near the bridge which runs over the Gammams River, along Florence Nightingale Street.

Matheus said the victim is a 20-year-old resident of Otjomuise and was on her way to visit her aunt who lives in Khomasdal and took a short cut through the riverbed.

Only one of the suspects raped the victims while the other watched on.

City Police Senior Superintendent, Gerry Shikesho, informed Nampa on Saturday that the suspect(s) had no other intention but rape, as all her belongings were still on her when police arrived at the scene.

He said the victim was rushed to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital for treatment.

The culprits have not yet been apprehended.