Hostel father rape case postponed to next Monday

The case of the Otjiwarongo resident who was charged with the rape of ten minor boys at Karundu Primary School was on Monday postponed to next week.

A 49- years-old Mervin Nguyapeua made another appearance before High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka at the premises of Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.

Nguyapeua's case was on Monday postponed to the 28 October 2019 in order for his new Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer, Titus Mbaeva to familiarise himself with the record of the case and to hold consultation with the accused on how to proceed with the matter.

In the matter, on 20 June 2018, Nguyapeua denied committing the offenses when he entered 'not guilty pleas' to 32 charges of rape and 27 alternative charges of committing sexual acts involving 10 boys younger than 16 from 2013 to 2015 while employed as caretaker at that school hostel.

According to a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet, he allegedly committed the offences while living at the hostel of that school.

He was regarded as a father figure by the learners who stayed in the hostel at the time.

Nguyapeua remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility's trial-awaiting section, where he has been since his arrest with no option to post bail.

Advocate Seredine Jacobs is representing the State.

Source: Namibia Press Agency