15 April 2013

Namibia: Sodomy Suspect Wants Bail

Windhoek — A man who is accused of sodomising a seven-year-old boy launched a bail application in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court last week Friday.

The suspect, Jeremia Toze Kamuhamba, made a second appearance on a charge of rape before Magistrate Tuvoye Nuule and was told that police investigations were still incomplete.

He then informed the court through his legal representative, Gilroy Kasper, that he wished to lodge a formal bail application. Kasper further informed Magistrate Nuule that the complainant, who is the mother of the alleged victim, no longer had any objections to bail being granted to Kamuhamba and as such wanted an inquiry to be held to determine bail for the suspect.

State Prosecutor Oscar Sinvula informed the court that the State would still oppose bail irrespective of what conversations took place between the complainant and the suspect. Magistrate Nuule agreed with the State and postponed the matter to this week for a formal bail application. Kamuhamba is alleged to have sodomised the boy who shares a house with him and his mother, in February after he stayed home while the victim was feeling sick. The mother, who may not be named to protect the identity of the minor, at the first appearance of Kamuhamba and his girlfriend, Mercia Gaoses, repeatedly burst out in tears in the court and begged the court not to grant the suspect bail.

Before that court appearance the distraught woman told New Era that when she went to confront Kamuhamba about the allegation that he sodomised her son, he and Gaoses allegedly started to beat her, causing her to lay a charge of assault with intent to cause grievious bodily harm against them plus a charge of rape against Kamuhamba.

Both accused were granted bail of N$500 the same night, but Kamuhamba was detained on the rape allegation. It was earlier reported that both mother and son received trauma counseling after the incident and that the minor was treated at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital and that tests were done to determine whether he was raped. He also underwent a HIV test on Tuesday last week.

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