12 December 2012

Namibia: Reho Matricide Suspect Granted Bail

ALMOST two years after allegedly raping and murdering his mother, George van Wyk was granted bail in the Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Magistrate Leopold Hangalo released him on bail of N$2 000 without attaching any bail conditions.

The matter was then postponed to February next year for a decision by the prosecutor general whether or not and in which court he should be prosecuted.

Van Wyk was represented by Christopher Stanley from Isaacks & Benz Incorporated, while Public Prosecutor Anthony Wilson acted on behalf of the State.

In March last year, Van Wyk allegedly raped and murdered his mother in her house in the town’s Block D residential area. He had been living with his elderly mother.

He had been in custody since his arrest.

Shortly after his arrest, the murder and rape case took a sordid twist.

The accused claimed that abrasions on his genitals, which gave rise to the rape suspicions, were caused by masturbation.

His mother, Elizabeth ‘Ellie Wolsak’ van Wyk (76), was found dead in her bed in the house. It appeared that she had been beaten to death.

Bloodstains on George van Wyk’s clothes and scratch marks on his arms led the police to question him about his mother’s death, after which he was arrested.

He has been consistently denying that he was responsible for his mother’s death.

George van Wyk admitted that he had broken down her bedroom door in an attempt to steal money to buy alcohol.

He apparently claimed that upon his return to the house, he found that she was dead.

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