Booys denied bail
15 April 2021 | Justice
Former Okahandja regional councillor Steve Biko Booys, who stands accused of rape, was denied bail when he appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Booys stands accused of raping a 20-year-old woman in January this year and has been in custody since February.
During the formal bail application, public prosecutor Veruka Njembo argued that he would abscond if granted bail and said the investigation was still in the early stages as the court is still waiting on lab results.
“The refusal to grant bail and the detention of the accused shall be in the interest of justice… The investigating officer places it on record that the State has a strong case against the accused person and that there was medical proof that the complainant had recent sexual intercourse,” said Njembo.
The case was postponed to 14 July 2021 to allow for further police investigation and for the lab results and evaluation reports to be made available.
Magistrate Khaepriums Swartz presided over the case, while legal representative Vernon Lutibezi represented Booys in the matter.