Sarah Tjindo, 23, was saved by her 9 month old baby boy from an attempted rape by her neighbour, Mawu Kavara, in the Safari Location in Rundu last week.
According to a relative, Aune Neromba, Kavara came into Tjindo’s room in the late evening hours that day and engaged in a discussion with her. She was trying to put her baby to bed and Kavara told her it would be easier for the baby to sleep if she switched off the lights. And the unsuspecting Tjindo did as she was told.
What she thought was a neighbourly chat, gradually started to turn into seduction attempts, Neromba said, “They were having discussions like they normally do but then later on, he started to make sexual jokes,”
Neromba added he started to make a gestural conversation by fondling her breasts. When she didn’t react, he proceeded to try to undo her bras.
“She tried to react by switching on the lights but he told her the baby would wake up if she did,” narrated Neromba.
Kavara, Neromba added, he continued to make sexual remarks to her before eventually trying to pin her onto the bed, “The man pinned her onto the bed and removed her underwear. While trying to stop him, one of the them must have made contact with the sleeping baby because the baby just started crying loudly,” Neromba said.
She said the hysterical cries prompted attention from household members, forcing Kavara to abandon his plans and flee. “If that baby wouldn’t have cried, she could have been raped, no doubt about that. What we know is that he fled from the house after that and he has not been seen ever since,” she said.
The family alerted the police and Namibian Police Force Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator, deputy commissioner of police, Willie Bampton confirmed the attempted rape case under CR 88/05/2012.
“The suspect, we understand, is a well known figure around the area and he’s on the run as we speak. But it’s just a matter of time before we arrest him. Only then will be able to give you more information,” said the commissioner.