New Era (Windhoek)

22 January 2013

Namibia: Rape Dominates Crime Stats

Windhoek — According to the latest crime bulletin released by the public relations office of the police, rape dominated the crime scene for the last couple of weeks with no less than nine cases reported countrywide.

According to Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, a 28-year-old female was raped at Groenpoort Post in the Khorixas District. It is alleged that the suspect called the complainant to help him carry a bed into his room. Inside the room he allegedly twisted her arm after which she fell and was raped.

A case of rape was opened - CR29/01/2013. The suspect was arrested and appeared in court where he was refused bail. Efforts to get more information from either the Khorixas Police Station or the Kunene Regional Command were unsuccessful, because no one was prepared to speak to New Era at the time of going to print.

On January 15, a 44-year-old suspect in the New Location area of Kamanjab raped a 24-year-old female. It is alleged the complainant was answering the call of nature when the suspect appeared out of nowhere and had unprotected sex with her. The suspect was arrested and a case has been opened.

A case of statutory rape was opened at the Ndiona police station after two minor girls were forced into marriage with two elderly men. It is alleged that 30-year-old Vingo Kamwanga married an 11-year old girl and CWL Markus Damu married a 13-year old girl.

The nuptials are alleged to have taken place with the consent of the girls.

The suspects were arrested and a case was opened against them - CR/07/01/2013.

A 44-year old woman was raped at the Rabies Mine near Rehoboth on Saturday, January 12. It is alleged that an unknown male forced the victim to the ground and had unprotected sex with her. A case of rape was opened - CR/112/01/2013, but the suspect has not been arrested yet.

Also in Rehoboth, a case of rape was opened after a husband allegedly had sex with his wife without her consent on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. A docket has been opened - CR/141/01/2013.

It was not stated in the crime report whether the husband was arrested or not. Both the victim and suspect are residents of Block B in Rehoboth.

Also on Tuesday last week, a 14-year-old boy was sodomised at the Banhoff Railway Station outside Rehoboth. The suspect was arrested.

On Saturday, January 12 a rape took place at Takarania Location in Mariental. It is alleged that two males aged 24 and 27 respectively dragged a 17-year old female into a riverbed and raped her. Both suspects have been arrested.

A 30-year-old suspect was also arrested on Saturday January 19, after he allegedly pulled a 25-year-old woman into the bushes and had sex with her without her consent.

The incident is said to have happened between 13h00 and 14h00 at Plot Katitti near Otavi. A case of rape was opened - CR/10/01/2013. The suspect appeared in the Otavi Magistrate's Court yesterday.

A fifteen-year-old female was raped at Farm 6, Mangetti in the Tsumeb district. It is alleged that the victim was asleep when the suspect entered her room and had sex with her. According to police reports the victim only woke up after a baby in the same room started crying.

The suspect has been arrested.

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