THE Namibian Police is fighting back against the scourge of sexual assaults perpetrated against children in the country by of by bringing the culprits accused of these heinous crimes to book.
According to the head of Nampol’s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, the most recent suspects already appeared in court on charges of, amongst others, rape, kidnapping and assault by threat.
One of the accused persons, a 26-year-old man who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, was arrested on 11 September after he raped and impregnated his sister.
The rape reportedly happened over a period of seven years.
The suspect stands accused of kidnapping his sister from their parents’ home on Farm Disiban in the area of Okakakrara during 2012. He took her to Kombat where he kept her in his house until the beginning of this month. During the seven years that he kept her, she fell pregnant.
The matter was reported to the Kombat police at the beginning of this month and the suspect was arrested.
He appeared in court on charges of rape, kidnapping and assault by threat. He was remanded in custody and the matter was postponed to 25 November for further investigation.
The 49-year-old Goliath Karunga was arrested after he was accused of repeatedly raping a 17-year-old girl from February until September this year in the towns of Otjinene and Outjo.
He was charged with several counts of rape and appeared in the Outjo Magistrate’s Court. Karunga was remanded in custody until 7 November.
The 23-year-old Moses Desousa Kadumo was arrested in Grootfontein on 25 September after he was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl on 24 August this year at a house in the Blikkiesdorp residential area of the town.
He appeared in court and was also remanded in custody until 19 October this year to afford the Namibian Police time to investigate the matter further.
The 22-year-old Lucas iXuda, also known as Axarob, was arrested on 4 August in the area of Otjituuo after he was accused of raping a 12-year-old boy.
He appeared in court and was also remanded in custody until 10 October this year.