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Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute yesterday sentenced convicted child rapist, Jeremia van Wyk, to an effective 24 years imprisonment. Several judges have criticised the work of magistrates in review judgments in recent months. The Namibia Media Holdings and one of its former editors have succeeded in having a High Court ruling to pay damages to a Mariental farmer Johan Lombaard and his company Golden Game CC for defamation overturned. Milton Engelbrecht, the legal aid-instructed lawyer of a woman accused of murdering her six-month-old son by hitting his head on the ground, last week asked the court to find her not guilty of murder but of culpable homicide instead. The police officer, who affected the arrests of former magistrate Jaco Kennedy and his cousin Ray Cloete on charges of rape, yesterday testified about the arrests. Defence lawyers Boris Isaacks and Milton Engelbrecht yesterday had a field day in shredding the evidence of the police officer, who apprehended former magistrate Jaco Kennedy and his cousin Ray Cloete on charges of rape. Windhoek High Court Judges Dinnah Usiku and Herman January dismissed an appeal by one of the men accused of killing Walvis Bay cop, Asser Dominicus. Fishrot accused Tamson ‘Fitty’ Hatuikulipi yesterday told the Windhoek High Court that cash payments he received from Icelandic fishing company, Samherji, came from consultancy work he did for them. During his testimony yesterday in his ongoing bail hearing in the Windhoek High Court before acting judge David Munsu, Fishrot accused Tamson ‘Fitty’ Hatuikulipi continued to tarnish the name of Fishrot whistleblower Jóhannes Stefánsson. Towards the end of his testimony on Friday, Tamson ‘Fitty’ Hatuikulipi, one of the key figures in the Fishrot scandal, broke down and cried when he told the court he hasn’t seen his children in more than two years. Two of the three people convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court want the court to grant them leave to appeal their convictions and sentences in the Supreme Court. A failure to adequately pay his legal team caused a Windhoek resident, who is accused of raping his biological daughter several times and forcing her to abort the foetus, to lose his legal aid lawyer and an advocate he instructed to defend him during the last stretch of his trial. Nigel van Wyk, a minnow in the Fishrot scandal, yesterday informed Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Kobus Miller, through his legal aid instructed lawyer Jermaine Muchali, that he intends to bring an application that a foreign judge should adjudicate the Fishrot trial. The trial of double murder accused Ernst Lichtenstrasser was postponed yet again yesterday because of new evidence that came to light. His legal aid lawyer Albert Titus applied for a postponement to today to acquaint himself with the new evidence.. Chief Justice Peter Shivute has granted the prosecutor general’s petition to appeal the ruling of Windhoek High Court Judge Herman Oosthuizen to release Fishrot accused Ricardo Gustavo on bail. Forex traders Michael Amushelelo and Gregory Cloete are asking the department of Legal Aid in the Ministry of Justice to pay for a senior counsel (advocate) to represent them in their upcoming fraud trial in the Windhoek High Court. Two trial-awaiting inmates at the Windhoek Correctional Facility have petitioned the Attorney-General to intervene in what they call serious infringements on their constitutional rights. The lawyer representing a former senior police officer attached to the Women and Child Protection Unit in Keetmanshoop on Thursday informed Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula that they are still waiting for his client to be seen by a psychiatrist. Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku yesterday reserved her judgement on the case of a Henties Bay resident accused of multiple rapes, kidnapping and assault until 28 September. A Congolese national, accused of smuggling at least 15 refugees into Namibia for a fee, was convicted on three of the charges by Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku.