Ex-magistrate’s alleged rape trial begins in April

The trial of a former Windhoek-based magistrate on trial in the High Court for allegedly raping two women in January and December 2015, will begin in April 2020.

Jaco Kennedy re-appeared before Acting High Court Judge Kobus Miller on Thursday morning, when he was informed that the trial of his alleged rape case will begin before the same acting judge on 13 April 2020.

The trial is set down to run uninterrupted until 30 April 2020.

In the matter, Kennedy, 32, faces three counts of rape, kidnapping, attempted murder and attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice in connection with the alleged rape of two women in January and December 2015 in the bushes between the Windhoek Central Hospital and Katutura State Hospital.

Kennedy is charged in the matter alongside with his own cousin Raymond Cloete, 33, who is facing with two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping.

Kennedy was out on bail of N.dollars 3 000 in connection with the first incident in which he was charged with Cloete, for allegedly raping a woman they had offered a lift to in January 2015.

He was, however, arrested again in January 2016 for allegedly raping another woman on 31 December 2015, also in an area between the Windhoek Central and Katutura State hospitals as with the first incident.

Kennedy is in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility's trial-awaiting section since his arrest in January 2016 on the second rape charge with no option to post bail.

Government-funded defence lawyers Boris Isaacks and Milton Engelbrecht are defending the two accused men.

Cloete is free on a warning.

State Advocate Innocentia Nyoni is representing the prosecution in the matter.

Source: Namibia Press Agency