A Russian national accused of raping five underage girls in Walvis Bay, made his first appearance in the High Court here Thursday.
Alexander Krylov, 58, was arrested on charges of rape and human trafficking in October 2017.
He worked as a marine pilot at Walvis Bay when the alleged rapes occurred.
He appeared before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg alongside co-accused Anna Katrina Engelbrecht, 26, through whom he is said to have met the girls between 2016 and June 2017.
The case was postponed to 14 March 2019 in order for accused Engelbrecht to apply to the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-funded defence lawyer to represent her during future court proceedings.
Privately-instructed defence lawyer Sisa Namandje represented the accused Russian national while State Advocate Palmer Khumalo appeared for the prosecution.
It is alleged that three of the victims were 16 years old at the time of the incidents, while the other two were 15.
The rape and human trafficking case was on 18 November last year transferred from the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court to the Windhoek High Court, as per a decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
Krylov, who was only known to the girls as ‘Mr Alex’, allegedly used to fetch them from the Kuisebmond residential area before taking them to his flat, where he reportedly engaged in sexual acts with them on several occasions.
Court records show that it is not the first time Krylov found himself on the wrong side of the law as he was also arrested and charged with kidnapping of a minor girl from Walvis Bay in 2009.
The accused was also previously charged with assault.
Krylov and Engelbrecht are free on bail of N.dollars 40 000 each.- NAMPA