Alleged sex offender in court

20 October 2017 | Justice

A man accused of preying on underage girls appeared before Magistrate John Sindano in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Alexander Krylov (56) apparently started feeling unwell in the dock when prosecutor Tresia Hafeni read out the charges of rape, human trafficking and conducting immoral acts with minor children.

Magistrate Sindano ordered that the accused be removed and taken to hospital to determine what was wrong with him. Krylov was then transported from the court to a local hospital in a police van. He was admitted to hospital under police guard.

The case was postponed to 9 November 2017.

Krylov face charges of rape involving five minor girls. He allegedly fetched the girls from Kuisebmond and took them to flat in Walvis Bay where he had sexual intercourse with them on several occasions.

Erongo Deputy Police Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said Krylov, who is employed by the Namibian Ports Authority as a marine pilot, was arrested in Walvis Bay.

The alleged sexual exploitation of the minors (two the victims are 15 years and the other three are 16 years old) started in 2016 and continued until June this year.

Three of the victims are high school learners. Two are from Walvis Bay. One is a grade 8 learner and the other a grade 9 learner while the one from Swakopmund is a grade 6 learner. The two other victims are school dropouts.

According to Detective Inspector Daniel Gurirab the parents of one of the girls discovered what was going on and laid a charge.

“The other girls and their parents were also located and convinced to come forward. I suspect that the two school leavers influenced the rest of the victims to participate,” Gurirab said.

Krylov is from Russia but has been living and working in Walvis Bay for some time. He was arrested on a count of kidnapping involving a minor girl in 2009. The charges were subsequently dropped by the plaintiff and he was released.

OTIS FINCK

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