15 April 2021 | Justice
Rape accused healthcare worker Dennis Noa will be moved to the Seeis police holding cells outside Windhoek, Magistrate Johannes Shuuveni ordered yesterday at the accused's first court appearance.
Noa, a medical intern, is accused of raping a male patient at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital on Sunday after the patient had been admitted for head injuries.
An unused condom had been found at the scene of the incident, prompting investigations.
State prosecutor Filemon Nyau requested that Noa be remanded in custody, arguing that granting him bail would not be in the interest of the administration of justice and that he would be a flight risk.
Noa's lawyer, Janike McLeod-Janser, did not oppose Nyau's arguments but asked that he be moved from the Wanaheda police station to the Seeis holding cells for his own safety. Noa is a son of Anti-Corruption Commission director-general Paulus Noa, and it is feared his safety may be compromised because of his father's work.
Magistrate Shuuveni consented to the move and said a formal bail application could be brought on 19 April.