Case of a Windhoek resident arrested in September for allegedly sexually abusing and raping the daughter of his girlfriend over a period of five years

The case of a Windhoek resident arrested in September 2019 for allegedly sexually abusing and raping the daughter of his girlfriend over a period of five years, now awaits a decision from the Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG).

Court documents availed to Nampa today show that the accused, Tobias Mareko, made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Samunzala Linus Samunzala on Friday last week, when his alleged rape case was postponed to 25 May 2020 to allow the PG's office to pronounce itself on how to proceed with the matter.

In addition, Mareko also entered a 'not guilty' plea in terms of Section 119 of the Procedures Act of 1977.

The postponement to 25 May 2020 for PG's decision was effected as per agreement reached between Public Prosecutor Phelem Like and Mareko's private-instructed defence lawyer, Attorney Jan Wessels, in court.

The 36-year-old Mareko was on 17 September 2019 refused bail by Samunzala at the conclusion of his failed formal bail application he brought before court.

The court at the time refused to release Mareko on bail on the grounds that he is facing a serious criminal charge and because it would not be in the public interest or in the interest of the administration of justice to release him on bail at that stage, while police investigations into the matter were still ongoing.

Source: Namibia Press Agency