Ex-MP rape case lands in regional court

FORMER National Council member Steve Biko Booys has made his first appearance in Windhoek Regional Court where he is to stand trial over allegations he raped a young woman in Okahandja early last year .

Booys, 43, appeared before magistrate Justine Asino on Tuesday on two counts of rape and one count of incest, following the transfer of his case from the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court.

He was arrested around the beginning of February 2021, following allegations that he raped a 20-year-old woman related to him, at his home in Okahandja on January 16 and 17 last year .

The state alleges that he used physical force against the woman and that she was affected by alcoholic beverages, rendering her unable to understand the nature of a sexual act or unable to communicate her reluctance to engage in a such act, at the time of the incident.

Defense attorney Jermaine Muchali informed the magistrate on Tuesday that he intended to hire a senior attorney to represent Booys.

Asino adjourned the case to November 15 for Booys’ next court appearance.

Booys, who unsuccessfully applied for bail in March last year and again in January this year, is being held at Windhoek Correctional Centre, Muchali also told the court.

Booys denied the allegations against him in the charges at his initial bail hearing.

He did not testify in person at the second bail hearing and instead relied on an affidavit in which he set out his reasons for wanting bail.

However, these facts did not address issues of public interest or the interest of the administration of justice and did not change the basis on which he was originally denied bail, the court said. magistrate who heard the second bail application in his decision, in which Booys was again denied bail.

Elna M. Lemons