Namibia: Trainee Doctor Arrested for Rape of Patient

14 April 2021

A trainee doctor at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital was arrested Monday for allegedly raping an 18-year-old male patient on Sunday.

Khomas police commander, Commissioner Ishmael Basson confirmed the incident yesterday, saying the suspect will appear in the Katutura Magistrate's Court today.

It is alleged the suspect disappeared with the motor vehicle accident patient who was scheduled for a physiotherapy appointment. The patient reportedly suffered head trauma and is in an uncommunicative state.

Upon reappearing, other staff members discovered an unused condom which prompted them to investigate, and a medical check-up uncovered that forceful anal penetration had occurred.

"Staff members alerted the police and subsequently, a case was opened," said Basson.

Health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe confirmed that the alleged rape occurred on the premises of the health facility.

He said appropriate action has commenced to gather the necessary facts so that the perpetrator can be brought to justice.

"The Namibian police was informed via the gender violence protection unit. We would like to thank the police for their prompt action," said Nangombe.

He requested the media to respect and protect the privacy of the patient and the family during this horrible ordeal.

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