Rape accused admits kissing Covid patient in quarantine

07 October 2020 | Crime



Glenn Clifford Leister (26), accused of raping a 15-year-old girl recovering from Covid-19 at the Swakopmund municipal bungalows, said he kissed the alleged victim but did not have penetrative sex with her.

He made his second appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court on Monday to apply for bail.

The State, represented by prosecutor Johannes Shangadi, objected to bail being granted due to the seriousness of the offence, adding that there are concerns that Leister will interfere with witnesses. The accused denied all charges during cross examination. “We did not have sex. I only kissed her on the neck and touched her,” he said through sporadic burst of tears.

Inappropriate texts

The State claims to have evidence of inappropriate text messages Leister sent to the complainant.

Shangadi told magistrate Paula Nelao Brown that medical examination results indicate that the girl's hymen was broken and that a white discharge was found in her vagina after the alleged incident took place.

According to the State, the victim spoke to a social worker about her alleged ordeal, saying that Leister grabbed her forcefully by the arm after locking the bungalow door.

He allegedly fondled her breasts before forcefully opening her legs and raping her.

Evidence provided by the State also indicates that the victim told her social worker that she pleaded with Leister to stop as he was hurting her.

'Youngest girl'

The State also claims Leister allegedly told the victim that she was the youngest girl he had ever had sexual relations with, and that his hormones caused him to rape her.

Furthermore, the State argued that the accused allegedly went to stand in front of a mirror smiling to himself while his victim was bleeding.

He allegedly then asked the victim to go outside to see if there was anyone in the area so that he could leave the room without being seen.

'I raised him well'

Meanwhile, Leister's lawyer, Jan Wessels, argued that the complainant had a cellphone with her at all times in the bungalow and could have immediately notified her parents that she was raped instead of telling a social worker.

Wessels also argued that it did not make sense for someone who had been raped to go outside to see if the coast was clear to give the alleged perpetrator the opportunity to leave without being seen.

Leister told the court that he is aware what the legal age of consent is – which in Namibian law is 16.

The defence called the accused's stepfather as a witness to testify in favour of his bail application. “I raised him well. He does not smoke, drink alcohol or even go to night clubs,” the stepfather said.

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