THE trial of South African man, Pretorius Marthinus, who is accused of raping a number of teenage girls in Swakopmund, will most likely only continue next year after he requested an adjournment to undergo a medical operation.
Marthinus, a former employee of a mine at the coastal town, is facing various rape and human trafficking charges.
It is alleged that he paid underage girls, organised for him by one Johanna Lukas and Zambian national Gwen Nelwembe, to have sex with him.
Lukas and Nelwembe are already serving jail time for their crimes.
Pretorius fled to South Africa after he was charged and only recently returned to face the music.
This week, Pretorius informed the court that he is unable to stand trial until February next year, as he has to undergo a surgery.
His lawyer, Zagrys Grobler, informed the court that Pretorius is unable to sit longer than an hour and therefore cannot stand trial until he has been cleared by a medical professional.
Presiding officer, Judge Hosea Angula, will have to make a decision on the postponement on October 15, as he was unavailable this week.
Judge Christie Liebenberg, who stood in for Judge Angula, advised for a medical certificate for the scheduled operation to be provided.