Step daughter rape case awaits PG’s decision

The case of a Windhoek resident arrested in September 2019 for allegedly sexually abusing and raping the daughter of his girlfriend over a period of five years, now awaits a decision from the Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG).

Court documents availed to Nampa on Monday show that the accused, Tobias Mareko, made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Samunzala Linus Samunzala on Friday last week, when his alleged rape case was postponed to

25 May 2020 to allow the PG's office to pronounce itself on how to proceed with the matter.

In addition, Mareko also entered a 'not guilty' plea in terms of Section

119 of the Procedures Act of 1977 The postponement to 25 May 2020 for PG's decision was effected as per agreement reached between Public Prosecutor Phelem Like and Mareko's private-instructed defence lawyer, Attorney Jan Wessels, in court.

The 36-year-old Mareko was on 17 September last year (2019) refused bail by Magistrate Samunzala at the conclusion of his failed formal bail application he brought before court.

The court at the time refused to release Mareko on bail on the grounds that he is facing a serious criminal charge and because it would not be in the public interest or in the interest of the administration of justice to release him on bail at this stage, while police investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

Furthermore, the court refused to grant bail out of fear that the accused might interfere with police investigations.

Mareko remains in police custody at the Windhoek Police Station holding cells until 25 May 2020 with no option to post bail.

In the matter, Mareko, an information and communication technology logistics coordinator at a local bank, unsuccessfully sought to have the court release him on bail at the time as he fears his continued incarceration would result in him losing his employment.

Mareko allegedly repeatedly sexually abused and raped the 15-year-old victim for the past five years in a house he shared with the complainant and her mother in Windhoek.

Source: Namibia Press Agency