8 November 2012

Namibia: Katzao Convicted for Rape

Twenty-six-year-old Eldo Ricardo Katzao was found guilty on two counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape in the Windhoek High Court on Tuesday.

Katzao, on two separate occasions, kidnapped and raped two minor girls, High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo found. On the first count, Katzao was found guilty of depriving a then 14-year-old girl of her liberty of movement by detaining her against her will on November 09, 2007 and in count two that he raped her and used force to subdue her at the Westerkim location of Karasburg.

It was found that on April 25, 2008, Katzao also detained a 13-year-old girl against her will and deprived her of her liberty of movement and forcefully raped the minor twice at the Westerkim location of Karasburg.

Katzao who was 21 years old at the times of the alleged offences pleaded not guilty to the charges and opted not to testify in his own defence. The case was postponed to November 28 to give Katzao a chance to get his mother from Karasburg to come and testify on his behalf in mitigation and for his defence counsel to confer with him.

Innocentia Nyoni appeared on behalf of the State before Judge Nate Ndauendapo, while Hipura R. Ujaha represented Katzao.

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