Namibia: Pensioner Wants Bail On Rape Charge

The bail hearing of a 68-year-old retired teacher accused of raping his eight-year-old daughter was on Friday postponed in the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court to Thursday this week.

The case in which the pensioner, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his minor daughter, is charged with rape was postponed for the hearing of oral arguments on his request to be granted bail.

It is alleged that the accused repeatedly sexually molested his eight-year-old daughter since 2017 at their Rehoboth residence.

Public prosecutor Zibiho Munzenze, who is opposing the application for bail, has informed magistrate Kandiwapa Nangombe that if the accused is granted bail on a matter that has prompted a great public outcry, it would show that the courts are failing in curbing domestic violence and gender-based violence.

She said granting bail to the accused would send out shock waves and result in the public losing faith in the justice system.

Rehoboth-based defence lawyer Christopher Stanley is representing the accused, who was arrested a week ago.

- Nampa

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