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Serial rape accused remanded in custody

Serial rape accused remanded in custody

Niël Terblanché

 

THE 28-year-old Michael Michael, the man accused of raping and robbing six women at gunpoint in their shacks at night, was remanded in custody after he made his first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court.

 

Michael was charged with several counts of rape and housebreaking with the intend to rape.

 

He also faces several counts of robbery and theft.

 

His reign of terror in the Kuisebmond Residential area of Walvis Bay lasted for about two months, but it came to an abrupt end when angry members of the community pointed him out to detectives of the Namibian Police on Friday.

 

Serial rape accused remanded custody Michael Michael raping robbing six women gunpoint shacks
SERIAL SUSPECT: The 28-year-old Michael Michael at the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court without a mask. During his reign of terror he wore a balaclava to hide his identity from the victims he reportedly raped. – Photo: Niël Terblanché

 

He was arrested and was positively identified by one of his victims during an identification parade after his arrest.

 

The accused person made two appearances before Magistrate John Sindano because of a mix up with the dockets that was brought to court.

 

During the first instance, he was informed that he faces charges of housebreaking with the intent to rape, as well as rape.

 

After his rights with regard to legal representation and bail were set out to the accused person, he indicated that he will conduct his own defence.

 

Magistrate Sindano remanded him in custody and postponed the matter until 11 March 2021.

 

When he made his second appearance before the magistrate a while later, he was informed that he faces charges of housebreaking with the intent to rape and rape, as well as charges of being in possession of illegal firearms and being in possession of stolen goods.

 

He was again remanded in custody and the second matter was postponed to the 3 March 2021.

 

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