Nurse back in court for rape

A Rundu nurse, accused of raping a hospital patient, is still trying to obtain legal counsel.

28 February 2019 | Justice

The case against a 35-year-old Rundu state hospital nurse, who was arrested in December last year for allegedly drugging and raping a 56-year-old patient, has been postponed until April.

Shintango Mbambi, who is employed by the health ministry, made his second appearance before Magistrate Barry Mufana in the Rundu Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Mufana postponed the matter until 25 April in order for the suspect to secure legal representation. The incident happened on 6 December last year in the state hospital's tuberculosis ward, where the complainant was receiving treatment.

The complainant told other hospital staff members what had allegedly taken place. Mbambi was arrested on 14 December 2018, eight days after the alleged rape, following an internal investigation by the hospital's management, which took place prior to the matter being referred to the police.

A case was opened by the police on behalf of the complainant.

During his first court appearance on 18 December last year, Mbambi was denied bail.

He indicated that he would apply for legal aid.

The State opposed bail on the grounds that Mbambi was charged with a serious offence.

Godfrey Shivolo is the prosecutor.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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