Protecting Who? Play it again, The Namibian…

I read a newspaper story yesterday. From the courts. An assault case.

Sadly, the story gives virtually all the names of the people involved. Including the name(s) of the innocent. Here is how.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) general secretary Peter Khariseb appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on charges of assaulting his stepson.

According to court documents, Khariseb (52) assaulted his stepson, WHOSE NAME CANNOT REVEALED (16) (sic) on 15 June at his home by whipping him with a sjambok and beating him with fists and open hands with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The next day, on 16 June, the VICTIM’S FATHER, Lucky Brinkman, laid a charge of assault against Khariseb with the police….

On Friday, Brinkman did not oppose bail for Khariseb provided that the pastor stays away from his son….

According to a source close to the family, the BOY, WHO IS A GRADE 10 PUPIL, APPARENTLY CAME HOME LATE ON THE EVENING OF 15 June…..

The source ALSO CLAIMED THAT KHARISEB WAS OFTEN AGGRESSIVE TOWARDS BRINKMAN AND HIS OLDER BROTHER, WHO BOTH LIVE WITH HIM AND HIS WIFE.

I am lost. Has the paper really protected the teenager?

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