Judicial

Trainee doctor accused of raping patient appears in court

Summary

The 26-year-old trainee doctor accused of raping and sodomising an 18-year-old patient made his first appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of rape.Dennis Iipumbu Noa appeared before magistrate Johannes Shuuveni and his…

The 26-year-old trainee doctor accused of raping and sodomising an 18-year-old patient made his first appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of rape.

Dennis Iipumbu Noa appeared before magistrate Johannes Shuuveni and his case was postponed to Monday, 19 April for formal bail application.

It is alleged that on Sunday, 11 April 2021, Noa, a graduate from the University of Namibia School of Medicine Hage Geingob Campus who was doing his internship at the Katutura State Hospital, moved the victim from the head injury unit to a conference room and sexually assaulted him without his consent. The victim is said to have been in the hospital since March following a car accident. The incident was reported to the Gender-Based Violence Unit who alerted the police and arrested him on Monday.

Prosecutor Fillemon Nyau appearing for the State informed the magistrate that they at this stage object to granting of bail due to the seriousness of the case.

“It will not be in the interest of the administration of justice as well as the public, and investigations in this matter are yet to be completed as it is at an infant stage. There is fear that the accused may abscond,” Nyau said.

The magistrate also granted permission for Noa to be transferred to Seeis Police Station (near Hosea Kutako International Airport) following a request by Noa’s lawyer, MacLeod Jansen of Shilongo Law Chambers that, for his safety and due to his profession, Noa be transferred to that police station to await his next appearance.

Ministry of Health and Social Services Executive Director, Ben Nangombe on Tuesday issued a press statement, appealing to healthcare workers, the media, and all members of the public familiar with the incident, to respect and protect the privacy and identity of the victim.

Source: Namibia press Agency