‘Shepherd’ arrested for fondling flock

‘Shepherd’ arrested for fondling flock

THE Oshakati Police have arrested a man who claimed he was a bishop from South Africa on a charge of indecent assault.

Oshana Police Liaison Officer Constable Jonas Slogan Matheus confirmed that Sebastian Botuman (43) was arrested on Sunday night at the house of an Anglican Church priest at Oshakati. Matheus said charges were laid by two young women who claimed that Botuman had inappropriately touched them while purportedly performing a healing ritual.According to Constable Matheus, the two women told the Police that the man arrived at their priest’s house and said he was a bishop from South Africa, visiting Anglican congregations in Namibia.The head of the Oshakati congregation agreed to accommodate him for the weekend.The ‘bishop’ allegedly offered to heal women with prayer after dinner.The women said they went to his room, but the fake clergyman fondled them while praying.The next day, the pretend bishop conducted the service in the local church.During the sermon, he told the congregation that he was robbed of all his belongings, money and identity documents when he arrived in Oshakati.The congregation held a collection and gave the money to him.That evening, Botuman allegedly ‘healed’ the two women again, but this time they had had enough and reported him to the Police.Botuman appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court yesterday on two counts of indecent assault.He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody until September 27.Constable Matheus said the Police found a passport of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the fake bishop’s possession.”There is a big possibility that he might be also charged under the Immigration Act as an illegal immigrant,” Constable Matheus said.Matheus said charges were laid by two young women who claimed that Botuman had inappropriately touched them while purportedly performing a healing ritual.According to Constable Matheus, the two women told the Police that the man arrived at their priest’s house and said he was a bishop from South Africa, visiting Anglican congregations in Namibia.The head of the Oshakati congregation agreed to accommodate him for the weekend.The ‘bishop’ allegedly offered to heal women with prayer after dinner.The women said they went to his room, but the fake clergyman fondled them while praying. The next day, the pretend bishop conducted the service in the local church.During the sermon, he told the congregation that he was robbed of all his belongings, money and identity documents when he arrived in Oshakati.The congregation held a collection and gave the money to him.That evening, Botuman allegedly ‘healed’ the two women again, but this time they had had enough and reported him to the Police.Botuman appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court yesterday on two counts of indecent assault.He was not asked to plead and was remanded in custody until September 27.Constable Matheus said the Police found a passport of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the fake bishop’s possession.”There is a big possibility that he might be also charged under the Immigration Act as an illegal immigrant,” Constable Matheus said.

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