Namibia: Dad Who Raped and Impregnated Daughter Jailed for 30 Years

A diabolical father who raped and impregnated his now 13-year-old biological daughter has been sentenced to an effective 30 years in jail.

The man, who may not be identified to protect the identity of the victim, was slapped with the lengthy sentence by Windhoek High Court judge Dinnah Usiku.

The man, now 49 years old, was convicted of raping the victim at least five times during 2017 and 2018, and impregnating her.

The girl underwent an abortion after it was discovered she was pregnant at the age of 11.

According to judge Usiku, apart from the trauma of being raped by the person who is supposed to protect her, the further trauma of going through an abortion at such a tender age must have been agonising for the victim.

“An act of rape immediately causes injury to a victim,” she said. “The offences were committed in a family home by the victim’s biological father, the place a child considered a home, which should at all times equate to safety for minors.

An act of rape and incest at that tender age of 10 makes it much more aggravating. It is a despicable act, perpetrated by a biological father.

It is an act that the victim will have to live with for her entire life. These are all factors that place extreme weight when the court metes out a sentence in this case.”

Usiku further said it is trite that courts must take the interest of society into account.