• October 20th, 2020

Courts & Crime

Gang murder accused acquitted

Seven men accused of the gang murder of a Swakopmund man, the attempted murder of another and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm on 31 October 2012, were acquitted on all charges in the Swakopmund Regional Court last week.

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Ndeitunga, Sioka under fire over crime

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”. 

Suspected shebeen burglar shot dead

OMUTHIYA - A man who is yet to be identified was early morning yesterday shot dead allegedly by a retired police officer at Onanke in the Oshikoto region after he was reportedly caught breaking into several cuca shops at the village. 

Cash-in-transit robbers denied bail

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.

Masule ruling in two weeks 

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. 

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Long sentence sought for farm killer

A farmworker from Gobabis, who admitted at the start of his trial to killing his girlfriend by stabbing her at least 13 times with a knife and crushing her skull with an axe during October 2016, will be sentenced on 30 September. 

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Fishrot SA lawyers lose appeal 

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. 

Masule matter to be heard next week in High Court

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.

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Three accused of identity theft

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. 

Confessed murderer to call witnesses

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.

Murderer jailed for 32 years

ONGWEDIVA – The Oshakati High Court on Wednesday sentenced Johannes Mateus, aged 28, to 32 years in prison after it convicted him of having hacked his girlfriend with a panga in a frenzied attack in August 2018.

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Man claims army assault for not wearing mask

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. 

Corona derails another murder trial

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.

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Congolese accused of smuggling unwell

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.

'Gang-rape' judgement in October

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. 

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Dausab sues prisons over privileges

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.

Hit-and-run accused denied bail

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.

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No bail for killer of elderly Köes farmers

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.

Former lawyer requests access to rape docket

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.

Levi gets 23 years for murder

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.

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Otjomuise man sentenced to 30 years

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. 

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DNA analysis delays murder case

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.

Minor gets pregnant after rape 

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.

Lockdown challenge ruling deferred 

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.

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Farmer killer gets 36 years

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. 

Court told fatal shooting was accidental

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. 

Fight over woman leads to deadly attack

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. 

Man gets 35 years for stabbing wife 

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.

Nurses fined N$2 000 for defying booze ban

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. 

32 nabbed for drug dealing

Police arrested 32 men with drugs with a value of nearly N$900 000 in various regions around the country over the recent long weekend.  The arrested men include 31 Namibians and one Angolan national.

Amukwelele bail judgement deferred

Windhoek City Police spokesperson accused of rape of a 29-year-old woman in January remains in custody after the magistrate’s court postponed the ruling in his bail application to 8 May to iron out a number of pending issues.

Kandjii out on bail of N$3 000

Katutura Central constituency councillor Ambrosius Kandjii, who on Friday was arrested for assualt, pointing of a firearm, malicious damage to property and assualt by threat, was yesterday granted bail of N$3 000. 

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Supreme Court quashes Hanse-Himarwa’s last hope

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.

Herder stumbles on human remains

WALVIS BAY – A police investigation is underway after the discovery of human skeletal remains at farm De Rust about 65 kilometres from Uis in the Erongo region. A herder made the shocking discovery last week Thursday.

Man accused of raping wheelchair-bound woman

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. 

47 fined for selling booze backdoor

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.

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Fishrot accused commit another illegality

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

Man shoots himself with neighbour’s gun

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. 

Nangolo’s bail slashed to N$5 000

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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30 years on, sport challenges persist

As Namibia readies herself to celebrate 30 years of democracy, peace and political stability, New Era gives you, our esteemed reader, a thorough look at how far Namibian sport has evolved over the past 30 years. We especially focus on the country’s many achievements at continental and global levels, while also looking at the various shortcomings in the local sporting sector.

Namib Mills loses vetkoek fight

Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula this week dismissed with costs an application by Namib Mills to interdict Bokomo Namibia from using its current branding of its vetkoek flour as it is similar to that of Namib Mills.

Service station ‘robbers’ denied bail

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.

Omaruru robbers strike again

WALVIS BAY – A gang of robbers believed to be responsible for a series of robberies in Omaruru is suspected to have broken into Agra where they stole items and cash with a combined value of over N$77 000.

Judge dismisses application for discharge

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. 

Mob murder accused freed 

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.

Final remand for probe into N$2.2m cash transit case

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. 

Fishrot: PDM demands answers from Noa

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.

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Alleged Russian paedophile denies guilt

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.

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Multichoice accused still waiting for appeal

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.

Teen appears on multiple charges

WINDHOEK - A 15-year-old teenager from Rehoboth, who was 14 when he committed several offences including murder, rape and arson, made his first appearance in the Windhoek High Court yesterday before Judge Christie Liebenberg.

Supreme Court issues warning to insurance companies

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.

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Farm worker spills the beans

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. 

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PG orders further probe into murder case

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.

Patient jumps out of moving ambulance

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.

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Businessman sent to prison for 35 years

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.

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Windhoek man pleads not guilty to murder

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.