59-year old arrested for child molestation

59 Year-old Hendrick Heinrich Fourie, also known as Oupa Becks, will remain in custody after he was arrested for allegedly letting four minor girls “play” with his private parts. The suspect was apprehended on Wednesday in Swakopmund and appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrates Court yesterday. He is charged with contravening the Immoral Practices Act.

According to detective inspector Erastus Iikuyu, police regional crime co-ordinator for Erongo, the alleged offence took place sometime between the year 2015 and November 2016. “It is alleged that the suspect took four minor girls (eleven, 13, 14 and 16 years old) to different places within Swakopmund on different occasions and let them play with his private part. He then allegedly paid them money in return,” Iikuyu said.
The police started investigating the case after neighbours of the victims informed their parents about an “old man who used to come on several occasions to their house and pick up the victims.” “The neighbours have done a great job, good observations,” Iikuyu said.
Magistrate Nelao Brown postponed the case to 8 February 2017 for further police investigations.
Fourie will remain in custody. Prosecutor Paulus Shilongo objected that bail be granted out of fear that the accused may interfere with the witnesses. An application for a formal bail hearing at a later stage was granted though. The accused is represented by lawyer Wilfried Ahrens.

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