Rape suspect resigns as nurse

09 September 2019 | Crime

A 35-year-old male nurse, who allegedly drugged and raped a 56-year-old TB patient at the Rundu state hospital late last year, has resigned.

This was confirmed by health executive director Ben Nangombe, who said Shintango Mbambi had resigned from the ministry.

“The nurse actually resigned. He is no longer an employee of the state,” Nangombe said. Mbambi was arrested on 14 December 2018, eight days after the alleged rape, following an internal investigation by the hospital's management.

The incident allegedly happened on 6 December in the hospital's TB ward.

It is alleged that Mbambi drugged the victim, who is said to be a chronic tuberculosis patient, before having sexual intercourse with her without her consent. The victim informed the hospital staff, resulting in an internal investigation, which led to the matter being taken to the police.

The police subsequently opened a case on behalf of the complainant.

Mbambi made his latest court appearance on 29 July in the Rundu's Magistrate's Court, where Magistrate Sonia Samupofu remanded the matter to 24 October, because of outstanding laboratory results and for further police investigations. Mbambi was also told to secure legal representation.

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

The State opposed bail on the grounds that the matter is very serious and that it will not be in the interest of the administration of justice to grant him bail.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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