WINDHOEK - Convicted rapist Gerhardt Geiseb could not even get a foot in the door when his leave to appeal application was summarily struck from the roll on Monday because it was incomplete.
Geiseb was convicted on a charge of rape in 2008 and sent to prison for an effective 47 years by Acting Judge A.K. Simpson. He was convicted of raping a 17-month-old baby in Otjiwarongo on August 30, 2008.
In evidence that was presented in court it was found that on the morning of that day, a baby girl aged one year and five months was found in a seriously injured condition on a bed in the house where her mother had left her in the care of someone else. The mother had gone off drinking with some friends.
The baby’s legs were covered in blood and she had serious injuries to her private parts. This prompted suspicions that she had been raped.
Geiseb pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial. He was convicted based on the testimony of an eleven-year-old girl who told the court that Geiseb had touched her on her breasts and had made sexual gestures towards her while he was lying on the bed with the baby.
Four other witnesses told the court that they had also seen Geiseb on that fateful day at the house where the rape took place, plus there was the testimony of three witnesses who said they had seen Geiseb on the bed with the baby.
Geiseb already carried a conviction of rape and of housebreaking in the High Court in February of 1993 for which he was sentenced to an effective seven-year prison term.