Pensioner in alleged rape case denied bail at Rehoboth

The 67-year-old pensioner and not 64 as reported earlier arrested for an immoral sexual act with a minor on Monday made his first appearance at the Rehoboth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

George Gilbert Jackson appeared before Magistrate Elize Cooper-Steyn on a charge of rape and the State denied bail as it will undermine justice and due to him violating his previous bail conditions and interfered with the victim and the possibility of the accused interfering with State witnesses.

His previous bail was canceled, and the case was then postponed to 27 February next month.

It is alleged that Jackson on Sunday in Rehoboth wrongfully, unlawfully and intentionally continued to commit a sexual act with an eight-year-old victim by stimulating the genitals of the victim.

It is alleged that the suspect had taken the victim from her grandparents' home with the consent of the parents at around 20h00, on Sunday and only returned her back to the same house at around 02h00 on Monday.

The alarm was raised by a bystander who is aware of a previous case against the suspect and who saw the victim alone in the suspect's car around 23h30 on the same night the act was committed.

The sexual act was committed in the presence of the victim and videotaped on the cell phone of the suspect.

According to court records, the suspect was out on bail of N.dollars 2 000 for a similar offense against the same victim, after he was arrested on 27 September last year.

In that incident, it is alleged that the suspect wrongfully and unlawfully solicited or enticed a girl under the age of sixteen to commit an immoral or indecent act by fondling her breasts on 26 September last year near Block G.

Public Prosecutor Zibiho Munzenze represented the State in the matter.

Police investigations continue and Jackson is detained at the Rehoboth Police holding cells.

Source: Namibia Press Agency