Serial rapist is in hot water after he was caught by outraged community residents.
The serial rapist accused of mutilating and raping a little girl on a farm on the outskirts of Windhoek four days ago was this morning arrested while hiding in a shack in Havana.
At the time of Gervin Gowanab’s arrest, his victim, an eight-year-old girl, was still fighting for her life in a Windhoek hospital.
It was further revealed by the Namibian Police that Gowanab was out on bail on three other counts of rape pending against him in different Magistrate’s Courts.
Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi from the Police Public Relations Division of the Namibian Police, confirmed the arrest and said investigators followed up on intelligence from the community of Havana and apprehended Gowanab while hiding in a shack.
The serial rapist accused was allegedly left to look after the little eight-year-old victim and another little girl. At one stage on Friday afternoon while babysitting the two little girls, the suspect allegedly threatened to harm them and told them what he planned for them.
Both children ran away out of fear, but the suspect managed to grab the victim and threatened her with a knife while he tried to rape her. It is further alleged that because of the small size of the child, he could not penetrate her. It is then that he used the knife to cut the little girl’s private parts and only then managed to have sexual intercourse with her.
“The community of Havana aided the police in finding the suspect and the Namibian Police wishes to applaud the public for the great collaboration with members of the police which has led to the successful apprehension of the suspect,” Shikwambi said.
Gowanab is expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court today on charges of rape and mutilation.
The offender is faces multiple charges.