The Namibian (Windhoek)

28 November 2012

Namibia: State Opposes Bail Application of Double Rape Suspect

BARELY one year after a Windhoek resident allegedly raped and tried to kill a woman in Rundu, he was arrested in Windhoek – for allegedly raping another victim.

Epafraditus Unengu (32) was nabbed on November 10 in Windhoek.

He made a first appearance on a charge of rape on Monday, November 12, before Magistrate Helvi Shilemba in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.

It is alleged that he committed the rape four days before his arrest – on November 6.

During his first court appearance, public prosecutor Eric Naikaku opposed bail on behalf of the State.

Magistrate Shilemba postponed the matter until Wednesday, January 23 next year, ordering that Unengu remain behind bars.

The alleged rape was committed while Unengu was out on bail for another alleged rape, which he is accused of having committed in 2011.

According to the Rundu charge sheet, the alleged rape took place on July 9 2011.

During the same day, he allegedly also tried to kill the woman “by strangling her and pouring sand in her mouth”, it is stated in the charge sheet.

On the same day, he allegedly also assaulted her with the intent to do grievous bodily harm. Unengu allegedly punched the woman on her eyes and bit her finger. She allegedly sustained wounds and bruises due to the attack.

For the Rundu case, the Prosecutor General decided that Unengu should be prosecuted in the Regional Court in Rundu on one charge of rape, one of attempted murder and one of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Unengu pleaded not guilty to the three charges on February 3 this year.

He was released on bail of N$10 000.

Last week, Unengu lodged a formal bail application in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Ruth Herunga in connection with the latest alleged incident.

The case was postponed until December 7 for the State to call its witness to testify against Unengu being released on bail.

In the meantime, he remains in custody.

During the formal bail application, Unengu is being represented by Jan Wessels.

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