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Rapist arrested after five months on the run

Rapist arrested after five months on the run

Niël Terblanché


EXCELLENT cooperation between the Namibian Police and the people of the Sikunga Conservancy along the Zambezi River has seen to the arrest of a man who has been able to evade arrest on charges of rape and robbery for the past five months.


The 38-year-old Lubembo Bornface Masule was arrested last Thursday after a five-month-long search came to an end.


Masule is accused of raping and robbing a 60-year-old Swedish woman who was one of the first tourists to return to Namibia after the severe lockdowns that were imposed by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted.


Members of the community informed the Namibian Police that Masule has returned to the Nakabolelwa area in the Kabbe South Constituency.


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They identified him as the man, who allegedly raped a woman that was walking along the Zambezi River at Kalimbeza at the beginning of January this year.


After Masule raped the woman he also robbed her of N$10 637 in cash, a mobile phone, a pair of binoculars, her hat and rain jacket, a leather case, camera equipment, and her backpack.


None of the stolen money or goods has been recovered.


Masule made his first appearance in the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.


During the brief court appearance, the accused person was formally informed that he faces charges of rape and robbery.


He indicated that he would apply for legal assistance from the state.


Magistrate Boyd Namushinga postponed the matter to the 7th of September 2021 before the accused person was remanded in police custody.


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