Namibia: Swakop Teacher Accused of Rape Awaits Legal Aid

A music teacher arrested at Swakopmund last October for allegedly raping a minor in a classroom said he wants to wait for legal assistance and will remain in custody until his next appearance in March.

Jerome Cloete (26) worked as a music teacher at Mondesa Youth Opportunities, an after-school programme that assists pupils from Grade 4 to 8 with additional lessons in school subjects, life skills and music. He also served as a music teacher at other institutions.

Cloete, who has been kept in custody for three months, made his second appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court before magistrate Conchita Olivier yesterday and applied for legal aid.

While Olivier was addressing him, Cloete moved his fingers rapidly on the dock as if playing on invisible piano keys.

Olivier reminded Cloete of what she told him at his first appearance - that he has the right to apply for bail, and that he was allowed to proceed in his own defence. She, however, also advised him that it would be better to wait for legal representation.

He said he would wait until an appointment with a lawyer is made and will remain in custody until 16 March.

According to the case report issued by Erongo police crime investigations coordinator Erastus Iikuyu, the alleged rape took place between the end of 2018 and 24 October 2019.

It is alleged that Cloete had sex with a boy (11) on several occasions. He allegedly would call the victim into an empty classroom where he would allegedly first force the boy to 'excite him' before sodomising the child.

The police heard of this after the victim informed another teacher of what was happening. The teacher notified the victim's parents and the police.

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