The Windhoek Regional Court has issued a warrant of arrest against a local man who is on trial for allegedly stabbing his brother to death last year.
A woman was allegedly assaulted and raped by her colleague while at work in Otjomuise on Friday.
Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) parliamentarian Nico Smit has blamed the authorities, including police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga and gender minister Doreen Sioka, for the spike in violent crimes, saying they are the main culprits “in this unacceptable situation, where women and girls are afraid of entering a taxi or walking on our streets”.
A fourth suspect has been arrested in connection with the cash-in-transit robbery at Black Chain Mall in Katutura last month involving more than N$900 000.
The State has gathered enough evidence against a motorist who was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of Windhoek cyclist Ingrid van Wyk Scholtz late last year.
Three men who were arrested in connection to an armed robbery at Black Chain mall in Katutura on Sunday involving more than N$900 000 were denied bail when they made their first appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Windhoek Regional Court has given a last chance to a man, accused of working in cahoots with a former prosecutor to illegally scrape criminal charges from the court system, to find a lawyer.
The joinder application hearing in the case of former justice minister Sacky Shanghala and his former employee Nigel van Wyk was postponed to November by Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Lay litigant August Maletzky, Simon Afrikaner and lawyer Titus Mbaeva made a first pre-trial appearance in the Windhoek High Court yesterday before Judge Christie Liebenberg on charges of fraud, corruption, forgery and conspiracy to commit fraud and corruption and money laundering.
A former street kid, who was allegedly approached by two American citizens, accused of the assassin-like murder of Andre Heckmair, last week testified before Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg.
The Katutura Magistrate’s Court refused to release on bail three Angolan women who were arrested at Hosea Kutako International Airport with more than N$2.2 million in foreign currency, pending the prosecutor general’s decision.
Three judges of the Supreme Court have upheld a decision by the Windhoek High Court that the power to search and seize can only be applied for by an “inspector” appointed in terms of the Namibian Competition Commission’s (NaCC) Act.
The ruling in the matter in which Anti-Corruption Commission chief investigator Phelem Masule is suing Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila over his unceremonious removal as chief of investigations and prosecutions barely a few days after he attained the promotion, will be delivered on 28 September.
One of the two men convicted of raping and violently robbing an elderly couple from Uis in the Erongo region during 2010 wants the High Court to grant him leave to appeal both his conviction and sentence in the Supreme Court.
Windhoek High Court Judges Kobus Miller and Dinnah Usiku on Friday dismissed an appeal by two senior South African lawyers who were found guilty and fined after admitting they did not have work permits allowing them to represent the six men charged in the Fishrot corruption scandal.
The matter in which Anti-Corruption Commission chief investigator, Phelem Masule, is suing Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila over his unceremonious removal as chief of investigations and prosecutions barely a few days after he attained the promotion will only be heard next week Thursday.
Three of six men who denied having a hand in the armed robbery that took place nearly three years ago at Westlane Lifestyle Centre in Windhoek will be going on trial in October.
Two of the five men on trial for allegedly being hired by a Windhoek woman to kill her husband have lodged an application for discharge in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act when the State closed its case against them.
ONGWEDIVA - Three women were denied bail in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on Monday after the alleged scammers reportedly managed to steal the identity of a woman and attempted to apply for a loan of more than N$170 000 from a cash loan business.
One of the men accused of attacking an elderly couple, which resulted in the death of 79-year-old Roswitha Strzelecki in Swakopmund in 2017, has informed the court he cannot afford the processing fee for him to attain legal representation.
WALVIS BAY – A Walvis Bay businessman, who was arrested on fraud, forgery and uttering, as well as tax evasion charges involving the importation of chicken worth N$7.5 million, was released after paying bail of N$140 000 last week.
The liquidators of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Bank and Zimbabwean minority shareholders are in for a two-month wait for a ruling in which the court will decide if the bank’s minority shareholders are liable for the bank’s closure in 2017.
The stepfather of a woman, who was shot and killed by her boyfriend during 2018, yesterday testified against the accused in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.
A man convicted after he confessed having killed his girlfriend by shooting her several times because he was allegedly consumed by anger, will be calling witnesses to testify in his favour during the mitigation hearing before sentencing.
The judgement in the case of a farmworker who admitted to killing his girlfriend and mother of his child in 2018 was postponed to 19 August.
The police are investigating a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property after a 31-year-old man from Windhoek reported a complaint against members of the security cluster over a June incident that was allegedly triggered by a face mask.
The trial of a man who allegedly fatally slit the throat of his live-in girlfriend with a kitchen knife was stopped in its tracks because several witnesses are not allowed to travel from the epicentre of Covid-19 in Walvis Bay as a preventive measure.
A farmworker from Post Houtputz in the Otjombinde area near Tallismanus in the Gobabis district yesterday pleaded guilty to murder with direct intent for slitting the throat of his girlfriend and mother of his child on 4 September 2018.
The trial of a Congolese national accused of smuggling at least 15 refugees into Namibia for a fee was remanded to 1 December after Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku was informed that she was ill and as a result could not attend court proceedings.
OMUTHIYA – About 18 bar owners were fined over the weekend in Tsumeb for contravening the Covid-19 state of emergency regulation for selling alcohol after the specified times determined by the regulations to curb the spread of the virus.
Three young men from Gobabis, who are accused of taking turns to rape a woman at a local settlement on 6 March 2016, will hear their fate on 16 October after Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute heard arguments on the verdict on Friday.
Andre Friedel Castri Dausab (39), convicted for the murder of a former girlfriend by stabbing her 27 times with three knives and jailed for life in 2018 by High Court Judge Naomi Shivute, has sued the Namibia Correctional Service (NCS) over the confiscation of his laptop.
Hendrik Bock (53), a farmworker from Post Houtputz in the Otjombinde area near Tallismanus in the Gobabis district, on Monday pleaded guilty to murder with direct intent for slitting the throat of his girlfriend and mother of his child on 4 September 2018.
RUNDU – Erastus Singombe Ngazi whose vehicle over the weekend ran over three young men, two of whom sustained serious injuries while one of them died on the spot at a local bar in Rundu, was denied bail when he appeared before the magistrate’s court on Monday.
Three magistrate’s courts were shut down with immediate effect yesterday for 14 days after two court officials tested positive for Covid-19.
A farmworker from Omaheke region, who had admitted to murdering his girlfriend by stabbing her 13 times and crushing her skull with an axe during October 2016, has been found guilty of the rape and attempted murder of another woman.
Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute last week dismissed an application by a local businessman, who was convicted of murder with direct intent and sentenced to 35 years in jail leave, to appeal the conviction in the Supreme Court.
The Deputy Commissioner General of the Namibian Correctional Service Anna-Rosa Katjivena said although ex-female offenders have been going through counselling and rehabilitation, criminal records diminish their prospects when they seek gainful employment at private and state institutions.
Windhoek High Court Judge Claudia Claasen has refused to grant bail to one of the three men, who are charged with the brutal murder of elderly farmers Gielam Botha (78) and his wife, 80-year-old Susara Aletta at their farm Lindeshof near Köes in the Keetmanshoop District.
Investigations in a case in which a 32-year-old civilian was allegedly shot and killed by an officer of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) are yet to be concluded, the Katutura Magistrate’s Court was informed yesterday.
The State, as represented by deputy prosecutor general Cliff Litubezi, said Gustavo cannot argue that he should be granted bail because others in high profile cases were granted bail. He said every case is judged on its own merit.
The trial of prominent Windhoek lawyer Dirk Conradie and his long-time friend Sara Ngenohani Damases hit another snag as Covid-19 restrictions means that his South African senior counsel Vas Soni cannot attend the hearing in the Windhoek High Court.
Former magistrate turned rape accused Jaco Kennedy has lodged yet another application in the Windhoek High Court – this time, for an itemised description of each document in the original case docket, an itemised description of any document in the original case docket to which he is denied access if any, and a statement under oath, disclosing the basis upon which access is denied.
Jan Moses Uamunika (49), convicted for the murder of Rehoboth farmer Joseph Adriaan (Shorty) Barth (69 years old at the time of his untimely death), will be sentenced on Wednesday, Windhoek High Court acting Judge Eileen Rakow said on Friday.
Retribution and deterrence require that a court in sentencing take into account the pain and suffering caused by the commission of an offence to the injured party and the affected members of the community, over and above the public in general.
A 23-year-old woman, who is accused of stabbing her 70-year-old lover multiple times to death in 2018, has denied causing his death.
Although taking a no guilty plea, refugees commissioner Likius Valombola admitted to firing the shot that could have possibly caused the death of former student leader Helao Ndjaba in 2018.
KEETMANSHOOP - //Kharas governor Aletha Fredericks has condemned racial remarks against the Nama community allegedly made by a teacher who also appeared in court yesterday.
The Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) has been ordered to fork out N$812 000 to a worker the institute unfairly dismissed last year, as the labour court ruled in favour of the worker who should also be reinstated.
Windhoek High Court acting Judge Orben Sibeya sentenced a 58-year-old man to 30 years’ imprisonment for murder and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Sibeya said he took into consideration the people affected by the death of the victim, including her children, when he sentenced Benjamin Strong to an effective 30 years behind bars.
The public behaviour following the partial lifting of the ban on alcohol sales in the //Kharas region is posing a challenge for the maintenance of law and order, said regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo.
An elderly woman claimed she was last month brutally assaulted and offered N$600 for medical expenses by members of the Namibian police at Oneumba village in the Oshikoto region during a routine patrol to enforce Covid-19 lockdown regulations under stage two.
The trial in which two men are accused of murdering a truck driver, who gave them a lift and then stealing his cargo of 2 020 crates of beer he was transporting, is nearing its end in the Windhoek High Court.
The prosecutor general has given additional instructions to the investigating officer dealing with the case of a 42-year-old man who is accused of killing his girlfriend and mother of his children nearly two years ago in Windhoek’s Otjomuise area.
RUNDU - The police in Kavango East are investigating a case of rape at Ndiyona village after it emerged a 14-year-old minor fell pregnant following a rape incident in November last year. However, the case was never reported to the police as the minor was allegedly threatened by the suspect against reporting the case.
The formal bail application of South African national Kenneth Karner (66), who was nabbed for alleged human trafficking involving two minor girls, has been postponed for the continuation of his application to be released on bail on the charges levelled against him.
Three judges of the Windhoek High Court on Friday deferred their ruling on an urgent application by the Namibian Employers Federation (NEF) and six others to declare the regulations in terms of Covid-19 that makes it a criminal offence to unilaterally retrench employees or decrease their remuneration.
The Namibian Police is looking for three men who broke into a vehicle and stole 90 brand new cell phones at Wernhil last week Wednesday. The 90 cellphones comprise 35 Huawei Y5 lite black, 35 Premio A10 and 15 Premio P241 and five galaxy tabs A10.1 2019 black, valued at N$150 000.
High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg last week sentenced the man he convicted of murdering an elderly farmer at Farm Villa Rosa in the Usakos district to an effective 36 years imprisonment. Dion Haraseb was convicted for the murder of 71-year-old Willem Cornelius de Klerk on 19 October 2015.
A Mariental resident, accused of killing a woman in Mariental by shooting her in the head with a stolen pistol, has denied the charge of murder but confessed having fired the fatal shot before Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Tuesday.
A taxi driver, who allegedly killed his former girlfriend after she dumped him through an SMS, has lodged an application for discharge in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act on Tuesday when the State closed its case against him.
A dispute over a woman led to a panga attack and killing of one man at Okautjove in the Otjombinde district of Omaheke region last weekend. Police established that a fight broke out over a woman between two men, which led to the death of one of them. Omaheke police crime investigations coordinator Chris Kalimbula confirmed the fatal incident.
A man, who was convicted in the Oshakati High Court for stabbing his wife 13 times to death in 2013, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Buta Epamba (42) was convicted on a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act for the death of his wife Isabel Epamba (34) in Rundu on 1 September 2013.
Three nurses, who were arrested in the wee hours of Sunday for allegedly consuming alcohol on the premises of the Katima Mulilo state hospital in an apparent breach of the Coronavirus regulations, have each paid a fine of N$2 000. The police said the three nurses – a female and two men – were having fun at the hospital nurses’ home when police caught them. The trio is Mufalo Mwilima (28), John Netha (32) and 28-year-old Ruth Mundia.
The Omusati regional police strongly advised communal farmers to ensure they take care of their livestock because there is a syndicate operating along the Namibian and Angolan border, where criminals steal animals and exchange them at the Mahenene border post to hide their crime.
Prominent Windhoek based lawyer Sisa Namandje has hit back at the Law Society of Namibia (LSN), saying it merely pays lip service to the established principle of attorney-client privilege in its search to tarnish his reputation.
Over the years, farmers in the Epukiro constituency have been losing a lot of livestock, of which would be reported to the police station at Epukiro Post 3, said Sandie Tjaronda on behalf of Epukiro farmers.
WALVIS BAY – Namibian police traffic officer Moses Naseb (54) was released on N$5 000 bail last Thursday after he was initially arrested on Wednesday last week for alleged bribery involving a sheep carcass at a Swakopmund roadblock.
Three judges of appeal of the Namibia Supreme Court on Wednesday effectively put paid to the hopes of former education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, who has been convicted on one charge of corruptly using her office for gratification, to have her conviction and subsequent sentence quashed.
The Katutura Magistrate’s Court granted a final remand for the State to conclude its investigations into the case of a soldier who stands accused of having killed a civilian last year September.
The deputy director in the National Assembly responsible for preparing bill proposals and supporting documents for parliament made an initial routine appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court Tuesday.
A 20-year-old woman, who is wheelchair-bound, became a victim of sexual violence over Easter weekend when she was allegedly sexually violated by a man her family gave shelter to. The victim was sleeping in her bedroom when the 45-year-old suspect forced himself into the room, undressed her and had sex without her consent.
OMUTHIYA – The police in Oshikoto has issued fines worth a combined N$98 000 to 47 alcohol traders who sold liquor backdoors, in violation of the guidelines and regulations of the state of emergency imposed nationally to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Two of the Fishrot suspects incarcerated at the Windhoek Correctional facility’s section for trial awaiting inmates were yesterday charged in absentia for contravening the Prisons Act at the Katutura Magistrate’s Court for the illegal possession of cellphones
A 23-year-old man who borrowed his neighbour’s shotgun to kill his dog allegedly shot himself on Saturday afternoon at Ombugayamunyoko village in Oshana region. “It is alleged that Naftal Junias Shukifeni (23) shot himself with the neighbour’s shotgun after he allegedly borrowed the gun to go kill his dog,’’ stated the weekly crime report issued this week.
Local lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji on Monday convinced Windhoek magistrate Ivan Gawanab to drastically reduce the bail amount the State suggested for Simon Nangolo down from N$50 000 to N$5 000 after the State removed their initial objection to bail.
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A five and half month puppy allegedly died after it was sexually assaulted by a man, a neighbour, in the early hours of Friday morning in Windhoek. The man has since fled from his house following the incident.
RUNDU – Two brothers who are accused of robbing a service station at Rundu last week have been denied bail during their first appearance in the local magistrate’s court. The suspects reportedly robbed the service station and stole N$386 900. They allegeldy also shot and injured a security guard before fleeing.
A Windhoek man this week maintained his innocence in a murder case before Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Orben Sibeya. The 57-year-old Benjamin Strong, who is currently on trial, denied any involvement in the killing of Johanna Resandt (62).
Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula yesterday advised Namibians, particularly government officials, to avoid face-to-face meetings with international participants and to rather use information technology (ICT) to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
RUNDU – Kavango East police investigators are on the hunt for a gang of armed thugs who robbed and shot a security guard at Rundu’s Engen service station, located at the roundabout along Eugene Kakukuru main road, where the unknown criminals stole N$386 900 in cash and fled.
Two of the three men charged with the brutal murder of elderly farmers Gielam Botha (78) and his 80-year-old wife Susara Aletta (80) at their farm Lindeshof near Köes in the Keetmanshoop District want the Windhoek High Court to release them on bail.
Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg yesterday acquitted the only woman accused in the murder and robbery trial of three people charged with killing elderly farmer, Willem Cornelius de Klerk, aged 71 at Farm Villa Rosa in the Usakos District on all charges.
Arrest with a warrant: An arrest should be done by any peace officer after a warrant for the arrest has been issued by a magistrate in terms of section 43 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977.
WALVIS BAY – The Anti-Corruption Commission is suspecting more companies could have paid bribes to two employees of the Ministry of Finance attached to the Inland Revenue department at Walvis Bay.
Two security guards who at the weekend allegedly stole two vehicles from the Opuwo government garage, which they were manning, have been arrested. The two guards are aged 22 and 29.
Windhoek High Court acting judge Orben Sibeya last week dismissed an application for discharge in terms of Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act on two charges of assault and one count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice by murder accused Benjamin Strong.
A man who was arrested last week in connection to the death of a woman who collapsed at the Windhoek police station is scheduled to appear in court for bail consideration today.
A group of young people, who were arrested in Windhoek in connection with the killing a 27-year-old Congolese refugee in June 2018, walked out of Katutura Magistrate’s Court as free men and women after the court struck their case from the roll last week.
The Katutura Magistrate’s Court has issued a final postponement to the investigating officer dealing with the case of three Angolan women who were caught with more than N$2.2 million in cash at the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) in December last year in order to conclude investigations in the matter.
The police are yet to conclude their investigations into the case of an officer of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) who is accused of shooting and killing a 32-year-old civilian last year.
Samherji, the Icelandic company at the centre of the ‘Fishrot’ scandal, said it is pleased to see the case in which fishing vessel Heinaste skipper Arngrímur Brynjólfsson being fined N$950 000 for illegal fishing coming to its conclusion.
WALVIS BAY – The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) said it would table a motion to summon Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director general Paulus Noa to explain why Namibians implicated in the Fishrot saga had their assets frozen, while foreigners allegedly involved have free range.
The man convicted of the brutal rape and murder of a 13-year-old Henties Bay girl in 2014 was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday by Windhoek High Court acting Judge Alfred Siboleka.
Russian national Alexander Krylov and his Namibian counterpart Anna Katrina Engelbrecht pleaded not guilty to 42 counts of rape and child trafficking in addition to a charge of supplying minors with cigarettes before Windhoek High Court acting Judge Claudia Claasen yesterday.
WINDHOEK – Fraud accused Manga Manga-Mukena, her husband Joseph and Celestino Gabriel Antonio are still waiting to hear whether the chief justice will entertain their petition to appeal the refusal of Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Kobus Miller to recuse himself from their trial.
WINDHOEK – Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Kobus Miller last Friday admitted into evidence bank records obtained from the accounts of Boykie Noa Naukosho (30), and his company Tripple N Investments after a trial within a trial to determine their admissibility.
WINDHOEK – A resident of Tses in the Keetmanshoop district claimed during his plea on two murder and three attempted murder charges that he was too drunk at the time of committing the offences to remember exactly what had transpired.
WINDHOEK - The testimony of a woman serving an eight-year prison against her former husband proved enough for Windhoek High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg to convict him on 32 counts of theft and one count of money laundering.
WINDHOEK - At least four people died this past weekend in car accidents involving unlicensed drivers. In one of the accidents, an unlicensed driver reportedly lost control of a Toyota pickup while trying to overtake another vehicle on the Opuwo-Kaoko Otavi gravel road in the Kunene Region.
WINDHOEK – The Katutura Magistrate’s Court yesterday granted a final remand to the police to conclude their investigations in the case of a teenage girl who was arrested for allegedly dumping her lifeless baby at Greenwell Matongo last year.
WINDHOEK – A man who was arrested on suspicion that he robs and prey on lone women in Windhoek’s Goreangab informal settlement has been released on bail in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court.
SWAKOPMUND - Namibian authorities have issued a warrant of arrest for an Austrian businessman for failing to settle a debt of N$400 000.
NKURENKURU - Two Namibian male suspects were on Friday apprehended by the police in Kavango West for being in possession of controlled wildlife products.
WINDHOEK – The Khomas and Oshikoto regions have the highest number of reported rape cases, police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga said during the observation of International Human Rights Day earlier this week.
WINDHOEK - Three judges of the Namibian Supreme Court issued a stern warning to insurance companies that are defying the provision of the Namibia National Reinsurance Act, which compels them to reinsure a portion of their business with NamibRe that their opinion about the unconstitutionality of the Act does not make them immune to the enforcement mechanisms it provides, unless a court makes such a finding through due process of law in an appeal judgment.
WINDHOEK – A farm worker who admitted he caused the death of his wife but denied he intended to kill her, told the court yesterday that he “just saw black” after his wife of 21 years had told him she enjoyed sex with other men more than with him.
WINDHOEK – The investigating officer dealing with the case of a teacher who stands accused of fatally stabbing his wife multiple times and slitting her stomach in April has been instructed by the prosecutor general (PG) to further investigate the matter.
WINDHOEK – The Namibian police in Omusati Region are investigating a case of reckless and or negligent driving against an ambulance driver and a nurse after a patient, who is believed to be mentally unstable, jumped from the moving vehicle while being transported to the Oshakati state hospital from Outapi.
WINDHOEK - The trial of two Namibians and 12 Angolans, accused of defrauding the government to the tune of N$210 million through false tax refunds on purchases exported from Namibia, hit a snag on Monday.
WINDHOEK - Businessman Sakarias (Sacky) Mathias, 59, was sentenced to an effective 35 years imprisonment yesterday by Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute after he was found guilty on charges of murder, attempted murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license and attempt to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.
WINDHOEK - Two witnesses yesterday testified that a worker on Farm Houmoed between Mariental and Kalkrand, accused of killing his wife of about 20 years, did so because she was unfaithful to him and bore another man’s child.
WINDHOEK - The wife of embattled coastal estate agent Erwin Sprangers, 58, was on Monday acquitted on all charges in the Windhoek High Court after she applied for a section 174 discharge at the state’s case and was granted one by Judge Eileen Rakow.
WINDHOEK - Benjamin Strong, 56, on Monday pleaded not guilty to a count of murder, read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, one count of attempted murder, two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course.
WINDHOEK - Ondangwa-based magistrate Liwena Walter Mikiti pleaded not guilty to charges of insurance fraud, alternatively theft, forgery and uttering a forged document and money laundering before Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Eileen Rakow yesterday.
WINDHOEK - The only female accused in the murder and robbery of elderly farmer Willem Cornelius de Klerk, aged 71, at farm Villa Rosa in the Usakos district, yesterday denied any wrongdoing in either the murder or the robbery that took place in August 2015.