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Girl prayed for rapist to stop


by Linekela Halwoodi
Courts

A 19-year old girl last week told Katutura Magistrate Court that she prayed while her aunt’s boyfriend raped her in their sitting room in 2010.
“I was praying and begging him not to do it,” the teen told the court during the trial of Ben Gawanab, 33, for the rape that happened in November last year.
She further told the court Gawanab started making sexual gestures, as she was going into the bathroom for a shower and only had a towel wrapped around her body.
“He started making sexual advances by kissing and fondling me,” the teen said, adding that she tried to run away but could not because Gawanab held her.
After the rape, the girl explained, Gawanab, who is a truck driver, travelled to South Africa and when he returned, he offered her money to keep the rape a secret.
During cross examination, Gawanab’s defence told the court that the teen consented to the sex but reported the man for rape when she realised that she was at risk of contracting HIV/Aids or falling pregnant as he did not use a condom.
“That is a lie,” she told court during her cross examination. Gawanab pleaded not guilty to rape late last year. However, he will be making another court appearance on 23 April this year.