NEARLY four months after a Windhoek City Police officer was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl and a case subsequently lodged against him, the suspect in the matter today made his first court appearance at the Katutura Magistrate court.
Omar Saleem Jossobs has been charged with three counts of rape read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act after he reportedly repeatedly raped the teenager during sleepovers.
The state opposed bail as his alleged victim filed a statement with the court indicating that she fears for her life as he is a trusted person in the family and in society.
Jossobs was denied bail and the case was postponed to 19 March 2020 for further police investigations.
In an earlier interview with the Informanté, the victim’s mother, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter, said that Jossob was her male friend and that he would regularly bring over his son to her house for play dates with her other child, a ten-year-old boy.
What seemed like a blossoming friendship between the mother and the police officer, however, turned ugly when the suspect, whom she trusted to check up on her children while she was traveling out of town to Groot Aub, took advantage of the situation.
“He raped her on three separate occasions. My daughter confessed that the very first incident happened when I was out of town to Groot Aub. The suspect called me and asked whether I was at home. I said no, I am out of town, but that the kids are at home. He offered to buy them food and to rent a movie for them. I didn’t tell him to sleepover, I merely told him to check on the kids,” the mother explained.
She further stated that the suspect further tried to destroy evidence that he raped her daughter by instructing the girl to take a shower immediately after the first incident.