Windhoek - A 70-year-old man has been arrested in Opuwo, Namibia after he was alleged to have raped a 9-year-old boy.
According to The Namibian, the suspect allegedly discovered the minor resting under a tree before he proceeded to rape him. He also threatened to kill the boy if he told anyone about the incident.
Inspector Slogan Matheus, spokesperson for the police, confirmed the incident, saying that the suspect was due to appear in court on Tuesday.
Rape remained among the highest ranking crimes in Namibia, with a previous report by The Namibian indicating that it was the most prevalent crime in the country between April and September 2013.
In 2004, a Namibia School-based Student Health Survey found that one-fifth (20%) of all the students surveyed had been physically forced to have sexual intercourse, with no differences between males and females on this score, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
A 2006 Namibian study found that one out of four (25%) of the 10- to 14-year-old respondents in the sample had experienced one or more forms of sexual abuse by a parent or caregiver, as well as 15% of the 15- to 24-year-olds.
In addition, a UNAIDS report also indicated that an approximate 1 075 rape cases had been reported each year between 2009 and 2012, with the number believed to be much higher due to a large number of cases going unreported in the country.