Rehoboth pensioner accused of raping daughter denied bail

A 68-year-old man, arrested on Friday after he allegedly repeatedly committed immoral sexual acts with his eight-year-old daughter, failed in his attempt to be released on bail during his second appearance at the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The pensioner, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his minor daughter, appeared before Magistrate Kandiwapa Nangombe on a charge of rape read with the provisions of the Combating of Rape Act, Act 8 of 2000.

The case was on the roll for formal application that was not granted on the grounds that it is not in the interest of the proper administration of justice if the accused is granted bail, as rape is a serious offence.

Further grounds according to Public Prosecutor, Zibiho Munzenze, who represented the State in the matter are that if the accused is granted bail on a matter that has a great public outcry, it will show that the courts are failing in curbing the domestic violence and gender-based violence acts.

Granting bail to the accused will send shock waves and will result in the public losing their faith in the justice system, because the courts are there to protect them. With the above mentioned we oppose bail as we have a strong case, Munzenze said.

The matter was postponed to Thursday for the hearing of the bail application status.

The charge sheet said the rape allegedly happened between 2017 and January this year in Rehoboth.

It is alleged that the accused, repeatedly sexually molested his eight-year-old daughter by inserting his finger into her vagina at their residence in Rehoboth's Block B location since 2017.

The accused was charged with the same offense in 2015 but was withdrawn due to a lack of evidence.

The accused was represented by defense lawyer Christopher Stanley of Stanley Law Chambers.

The accused is remanded in custody at the Rehoboth Police holding cells.

Source: Namibia Press Agency