Select your Top Menu from wp menus
Latest News
Sex predator admits to raping minors

Sex predator admits to raping minors

Sex predator admits to raping minors

Sex predator admits to raping minorsPaid the complainants for services rendered

Eba Kandovazu

A SOUTH African national who was employed at a Swakopmund mine and accused of raping minors procured for him, admitted that he indeed had sexual intercourse with the girls, although he denies the human trafficking charges.

Marthinus Pretorius, 46, was extradited to Namibia last year after he fled the country. He explained to the court on Wednesday that he coerced three girls, aged 13, 14 and 18 on different occasions, in the year 2012. The rape charges in total are six.

The minor girls were reportedly forced into sex slavery by Johanna Lukas, who in 2015 faced the wrath of the law when she stood trial alone and was sentenced to 13 years, as Pretorius absconded. Lukas’ arrangement with Pretorius was that she could recruit underage girls with whom he could have sex, and she was paid N$10 000.

“I admit that coercive circumstances were present, in that the complainants were minors and as such exceptionally vulnerable. In the first two incidents, the first victim was accompanied by Lukas, but in the last three, she came to my house on her own. At all occasions, I paid the complainants for services rendered and I deny that I used force or compelled them to have sex with me,” Pretorius said.

In respect of the five trafficking counts, he denies detaining the girls at his home, citing that they voluntarily went to his house, knowing fully well that they will be paid for having sex with him.

Pretorius is claiming that his third victim, who was 18 years old at the time, was coerced by her mother to have sex with him for money, unbeknownst to him. At the time, according to him, he had consensual intercourse with her, although he paid.

In his plea explanation, he requested the court to dismiss the alternative charges of attempting to commit a sexual act with a child under the age of 16.

State Prosecutor Felistas Shikerete accepted the guilty plea, but noted that the State will be leading further evidence on the trafficking charges on 12 November.  Defence lawyer Zagrys Grobler represents Pretorius, with Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula presiding.

PAEDOPHILE: Marthinus Pretorius shying away from the camera.

_Photo: Contributed

Related posts