Raped in Covid-19 isolation

15-year-old allegedly raped when she was in Covid-19 isolation at the Swakopmund bungalows.

“Tearful” health ministry worker denies he raped the girl – does admit he “kissed her”.

Sharlien Tjambari

A 26-year-old man accused of having raped a 15-year old female at a Covid-19 quarantine facility at Swakopmund denies guilt.

A tearful Glenn Clifford Leister in his bail application in the Swakopmund magistrate’s court says he only “kissed” the victim and never had intercourse with her.  Leister was employed as a driver of the Ministry of Health and Social Services and was stationed at the Swakopmund bungalows which at the time served as a quarantine facility. This is where the alleged rape incident took place at the beginning of September this year.

The victim alleges Leister confronted her in her room. He allegedly overpowered her, before sexually assaulting and raping her. During the attack he allegedly told her she was the youngest female yet with which he had sexual intercourse. After the attack he allegedly forced her to first ensure the hallway is clear, for him to flee the scene undetected.

The state prosecutor in the case, Johannes Shangadi, opposed the granting of bail to Leister. He argued freeing an alleged sex offender on bail is not in public interest. Leister could interfere with the investigation of the case.
Shangadi further stated a medical examination would be submitted as evidence that sexual intercourse took place with the victim. The State would further submit forensic evidence that indeed the sexual act was performed by the accused.
Leister is represented by attorney Jan Wessels. Leister returns to court on 21 October for continuation of his bail application hearing.


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