Booys trial moved to regional court

OKAHANDJA – The Attorney General has decided to bring former National Council member Steve Biko Booys, accused of sexually assaulting his biological daughter, to trial in Windhoek Regional Court on one count of rape or incest.

Okahandja Public Prosecutor Hilma Mwata told Magistrate Auguste Simon yesterday that the PG had decided to hold the trial in the Third Regional Court of Katutura Magistrates Court.

Booys is set to make his first appearance on October 25.

He is being held at the Windhoek Correctional Institution’s Section for Inmates Awaiting Trial after dropping his appeal to the High Court against Magistrate Khaepriums Swartz’s April 13, 2021 decision against bail.

Swartz refused to grant Booys bail, citing strong prima facie evidence that it was not in the public interest or the administration of justice – and is likely to interfere with investigations and state witnesses.

He will be represented by Jermaine Muchali, and it is unclear who will be the lead trial prosecutor.

Booys, who faces rape charges, denies accusations that he sexually assaulted his daughter twice in January.

Booys has been in custody since his arrest on February 2.

The state alleges he raped the 20-year-old woman at her home in Okahandja between January 16 and 17.

It is also alleged that the complainant was raped while affected by sleep, intoxicating alcohol or a substance that incapacitated her mentally.

At the bail hearing, Booys told the court that the plaintiff was at home on the two days in question.

He said there were drinks at his house, but denied supplying the woman with alcohol.

Although Booys denied any contact with the victim, the state said it had evidence in the form of cellphone records and copies of messages showing that Booys repeatedly contacted the plaintiff from January 18 to February 2.

The prosecution further claims that phone messages exchanged between him and his alleged victim showed that the contact between them specifically related to the rape allegations against him.

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2022-10-12 Roland Routh

Elna M. Lemons