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Pieter van der Westhuizen

Namibian
Psychiatrist faces rape charges in High Court
By Werner Menges
May 28, 2018

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A PSYCHIATRIST accused of having drugged and raped one of his patients at Swakopmund in November 2015 has made a first pretrial appearance in the Windhoek High Court, where he is due to stand trial on five charges.

Pieter van der Westhuizen had a first pretrial hearing before judge Christie Liebenberg on Thursday last week, following the transfer of his case from the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court to the High Court in Windhoek.

Van der Westhuizen (61) has been indicted on five charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a patient of his at Swakopmund on 7 November 2015. He is charged with three counts of rape, one charge of indecent assault, and one count of attempted murder, alternatively using drugs to overpower or stupefy a woman in order to have unlawful intercourse with her…