Father accused of raping daughter remanded in custody at Outjo

A 42-year-old man on Thursday appeared in the Outjo Magistrate's Court for allegedly raping his 10-year-old daughter during this year.

The man appeared before Magistrate Peingondjabi Shipo who explained his legal right to engage a lawyer of his own choice, apply for a State funded lawyer through the Directorate of Legal Aid in the Ministry of Justice or defend himself in court.

The accused opted to apply for the Legal Aid lawyer.

Shipo then postponed his case to 03 December 2019 to allow him time to acquire his legal representation.

It is alleged the man during this year repeatedly raped his biological daughter at their home when the girl's mother who is also the wife of the accused was sick.

The court was told that after the death of the complainant's mother (the wife of the accused), the minor girl refused to stay with her father at the home she grew up, but chose to move to her late mother's family in Outjo.

On 07 October this year at a family meeting, the girl then opened to the gathering about the alleged sexual exploitation and abuses she suffered in the hands of her father shortly before her mother's death.

Some family members then alerted the police on that same Monday evening and the accused was arrested on Wednesday and appeared in court on Thursday.

The public prosecutor who represented the State in the matter, Adjah Nepembe strongly opposed any granting of bail to the accused, saying he will interfere with the police investigations and the State witnesses.

The accused man was then remanded in custody, but advised to lodge a formal bail application if he so wish to be released on bail before his next court date on 03 December this year.

Police investigations in the matter continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency