Unengu’s alleged rape trial delayed until Thursday

WINDHOEK: The trial of 33-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly having raped in the capital during November 2012, begins in the High Court here on Thursday.

The trial of alleged rapist Epafradictus Ndokotora Unengu was set to begin today (Monday) before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg, but could not proceed because the presiding Judge was not present in court today due to other official commitments.

High Court Judge Naomi Shivute, who was standing in for Liebenberg today, postponed the case to Thursday (22 January 2015) as per agreement reached between State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu and the accused person’s defence lawyer Sisa Namandje.

was refused bail by Windhoek Magistrate Ruth Herunga here on Monday.

Epafradictus Ndokotora Unengu heard the verdict at the end of his formal bail application, with Herunga refusing to grant him bail on the grounds that he is facing a very serious charge, and that he may interfere with police investigations once released on bail.

Another reason for the refusal of bail was that Unengu was already out on N.dollars 10 000 bail in another rape case in Rundu in the Kavango Region when he was arrested in the capital last November in connection with this new alleged rape case.

Evidence presented during the hearing of the failed bail application had it that Unengu is employed as a senior engineer at the Roads Authority (RA), but on the day of the alleged rape, he was driving a taxi in Windhoek.

The complainant in the case, who may not be named for professional reasons, told the police that on the day of the alleged rape, she took a taxi from her home in the Otjomuise area to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ office in the Northern Industrial area to apply for an identification document (ID).

She got into a silver taxi with one male passenger, and they picked up two other females who were dropped in town.

From there, the taxi proceeded to the Northern Industrial area, where the male passenger was also dropped.

Unengu then allegedly told her that he wanted to urinate, and stopped the vehicle.

He then allegedly got out of the taxi, opened the door on the side of the complainant, throttled her, pushed her down and raped her.

When a passerby approached the taxi, Unengu allegedly stopped what he was doing, giving the victim a chance to pull up her pants and run away.

The victim returned home, told her parents what had happened and then reported the alleged rape to the police, providing them with a description of her attacker as well as the taxi’s colour and registration number.

The police then traced the accused with the assistance of the City Police and after he was contacted, he arrived at the police station, accompanied by his mother and older brother.

This matter was remanded today until 17 May this year for further police investigations.

Meanwhile, the Rundu matter has it that Unengu allegedly raped a woman on 09 July 2011 at the Makambu village in the Kavango Region.

It is alleged that he had attempted to murder the victim by strangling her and pouring sand into her mouth afterwards.

He also faces a charge of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm in the Rundu case.

Prominent Windhoek-based defence lawyer Sisa Namandje will represent accused Unengu while State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu appears for the prosecution.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The trial of a 33-year-old man who allegedly raped a woman in the capital during November 2012, will begin in the High Court here on Thursday.

The trial of Epafradictus Ndokotora Unengu was set to start on Monday this week before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg, but could not proceed because the presiding judge was not present in court today due to other official commitments.

High Court Judge Naomi Shivute, who was standing in for Judge Liebenberg today, postponed the case to Thursday as per agreement reached between State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu and the accused person’s defence lawyer Sisa Namandje.

Accused Unengu is free on bail of N.dollars 30 000, and his bail was also extended until Thursday this week.

Unengu allegedly committed the crime while he was out on N.dollars 10 000 bail in another rape case he stands accused of in Rundu in the Kavango Region in 2011.

Evidence presented during the hearing of his formal bail application had it that Unengu is employed as a senior engineer at the Roads Authority (RA), but on the day of the alleged rape he was driving a taxi in Windhoek.

The complainant in the case, who may not be named for professional reasons, told the police that on the day of the alleged rape, she took a taxi from her home in the Otjomuise area to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ office in the Northern Industrial area to apply for an identification document (ID).

She got into a silver taxi with one male passenger, and they picked up two other females passengers who were dropped in town.

From there, the taxi proceeded to the Northern Industrial area, where the male passenger was also dropped.

Unengu then allegedly told the complainant that he wanted to urinate, and stopped the vehicle.

He then allegedly got out of the taxi, opened the door on the side of the complainant, throttled her, pushed her down and raped her.

When a passer-by approached the taxi, Unengu allegedly stopped what he was doing, giving the victim a chance to pull up her pants and run away.

The victim returned home, told her parents what had happened to her and then reported the alleged rape to the police, providing them with a description of her attacker as well as the taxi’s colour and registration number.

The police then traced the accused with the assistance of the City Police and after he was contacted, he arrived at the police station accompanied by his mother and older brother.

Meanwhile, in the Rundu rape matter, Unengu allegedly had sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent on 09 July 2011 at the Makambu village in the Kavango Region.

It is alleged that he had attempted to murder the victim by strangling her and pouring sand into her mouth afterwards.

He also faces a charge of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm in the Rundu case.

State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu appears for the prosecution.

SOURCE: NAMPA