Trainee doctor rapes male patient at Katutura hospital

14 April 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA



OSHAKATI

An intern doctor at Katutura State Hospital has been arrested for allegedly raping a patient at the hospital on Sunday who was admitted for head injuries.

The doctor is the son of a prominent public official, but his name cannot be revealed until he appears in court today.

Namibian Sun understands that the patient was involved in a car accident in March and was admitted to Katutura hospital for medical attention. Details on the patient’s admission dates are still sketchy.

The trainee doctor allegedly sodomised the patient. An unused condom was found on the scene, which prompted investigations.

The doctor recently completed his studies at the University of Namibia’s school of medicine and started training this year at the hospital.

It is understood that the doctor booked the patient out of hospital, and another doctor found the unused condom with the patient.

“After further investigations, it was found that the patient was raped by the doctor in the anus. The doctor is arrested and detained,” a source said.

‘Horrible ordeal’

Health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe confirmed that the incident, which he termed of “serious nature”, has been reported to his office.

He said appropriate action has commenced to gather the facts and bring the culprit to justice.

“The Namibian police was informed through the Gender Violence Protection Unit, which is fully involved. We thank them for prompt action. The reported incident is of a serious nature. It is being dealt with as such,” he said.

Nangombe called on the media to respect and protect the privacy of the patient and the family during this “horrible ordeal”. He added that it is not appropriate for the ministry to release any further details at this stage.

Meanwhile, police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi, also confirmed the incident, saying: “The GBV [gender-based violence] office is indeed dealing with such a docket”.

The age of the victim is unknown.

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