The evil that men do

Gert Skrywer, who stands accused of raping his two-week-old daughter, who died shortly after the attack, made his second appearance in the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court yesterday.

23 September 2020 | Crime

PULL QUOTE: When we returned, we laid down and he lifted my leg and then had sex with me. Then he had sex with the baby.

JEMIMA BEUKES

REHOBOTH



The mother of two-week-old Charmaine Moss, who died after allegedly being raped by her father, has revealed shocking details about what had transpired on the day her daughter was sexually violated and lost her battle to live. Roseline Moss (20) yesterday fought back tears as she relived the July day when she went to her daughter's father, Gert Skrywer, who she said had never supported them financially.

She needed money to buy nappies for their baby.





She remembers wearing a blue underwear, black tights and a grey dress-like top when she went his house. “He gave me N$3. I took the money and went to a nearby shop to buy a loose nappy. When we returned, we laid down and he lifted my leg and then had sex with me. Then he had sex with the baby. He told me he is putting on a nappy [for the baby] and the child was on his lap, then he had sex with her,” Moss narrated, overcome with emotion.



'Keep quiet', or else

Moss said Skrywer had earlier asked her: “Why are you guys laying like this? A man also gets hard.”

When she asked why he is doing that to the baby, he warned her to keep quiet. “He held me by the throat and told me to keep quiet or he will f**k me dead,” she said.

According to Moss, the baby was crying a lot, but eventually calmed down when they returned to her parents' house.

“For most of the day we were sitting outside and I later went in where the baby was now quiet and just staring back at me. Her eyes were open, but she was just staring at me and I realised the baby was dead and I started crying,” she said.



Mandrax

Moss said she suspected Skrywer “smoked drugs” that particular day, something she alleges he did regularly, which may have led to his actions.

“He smoked the tablet [mandrax],” she said. When asked whether they were drinking that evening, she responded: “I was drinking, but I wasn't drunk. I was drinking ginger beer”. Family members told Namibian Sun that Skrywer never came to the family home during the time the couple were together and only appeared when the baby was born.

“He just dropped his bag here and said here is money for the hospital,” an elderly family member said.

She said the family has since forgiven Skrywer. Moss also said she has been praying fervently and has found it in her heart to forgive Skrywer, although she would never rekindle their relationship.

“I was at court and I saw him, I even greeted him and asked him about his welfare but he just looked at me without saying anything,” she said. Skrywer made his second appearance in the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court yesterday and was remanded in custody until 26 October, as the matter remains under police investigation. Prosecutor Steven Haradoeb objected to bail, saying the case was serious and complex.

“The State requires more time because of the serious and complex nature of the matter. Thee laboratory results, the photo exhibit and a witness statement are still outstanding,” he said. Magistrate Kandiwapa Nangombe presided.

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