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Hostel caretaker’s sodomy trial postponed

2021-08-27  Maria Amakali

Hostel caretaker’s sodomy trial postponed

Maria Amakali

The Windhoek High Court has postponed the trial of a 50-year-old man accused of sexually violating 10 underage boys over a period of three years at a school in the Otjiwarongo district.  Judge Alfred Siboleka set down Mervin Nguyapeua’s case for 7 and 8 September to allow the defence team to properly go through the case record, further consult, as well as for the court to attain an Otjiherero interpreter.

The case was set down for Thursday for oral submissions before the court could give a ruling, but the parties noticed that some parts of the record were missing and needed to be transcribed. Nguyapeua has been on trial on 32 charges of rape, and 27 alternative charges of committing a sexual act with children under the age of 16.  The offences were allegedly committed from 2013 to 2016.

These offences occurred when he was employed as caretaker at that school’s hostel, and living there. Learners who stayed in the hostel at the time regarded him as a father figure.

According to the State, the very first incident occurred during the second school term of 2013 when Nguyapeua allegedly raped a 14-year-old boy, and further sexually assaulted other boys during 2014, 2015 and in February 2016. Nine of the boys allegedly raped by the accused were under the age of 16 when sexual acts were committed with them, according to the indictment. Two of them were 13 years old at the time of the alleged incidents, six of them were 14, and one was 15.

The sexual acts he is accused of having committed by the prosecution include stimulation of the boys’ genitals, and also anal intercourse.

Nguyapeua denied guilt at the start of his trial. He is currently in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility.

2021-08-27  Maria Amakali

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