• September 18th, 2019

Courts & Crime

Final remand in murder over N$20

WINDHOEK - The Katutura Magistrate’s Court gave a final remand for the prosecutor general to pronounce herself in the case of a man who is in police custody for allegedly killing his brother last year over a debt of N$20. 

Namibian trucker nabbed for trafficking two DRC teens

WINDHOEK - A 36-year-old truck driver appeared in Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for allegedly trafficking two teenagers from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into the country on Saturday. The children are a 13-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy. The suspect is identified as Chris Mujani. 


Möller murder accused enlists new lawyer

WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Justice Legal Aid Directorate has instructed former magistrate, turned defence lawyer, Jermaine Muchali to defend murder accused Panduleni Gotlieb in his murder trial in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Correctional Facility before Judge Dinnah Usiku.


Valombola makes pre-trial appearance

WINDHOEK - Refugee Commissioner Likius Valombola, 54, made a routine pre-trial appearance in the Windhoek High Court yesterday on a charge of murder for the death of former Namibia National Student Organisation (Nanso) executive, 27-year-old Helao Kapembe Ndjaba.

Mariental resident pleads guilty to murder

WINDHOEK – Hendrick Uirab, a resident from Mariental yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act before Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku at the High Court situated at the Windhoek Correctional facility.

Litubezis differ on guilt of Lukas Nikodemus

WINDHOEK - Both the defense counsel and the advocate for the State  – who share the surname Litubezi   though not related - yesterday did their utmost to sway Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg in their favour in the double murder trial of Lukas Nepela Nikodemus, 49.

Final remand for mob murder

WINDHOEK – The Katutura Magistrate’s Court gave a final remand for the prosecutor general to make a decision in the matter of 10 people who stand accused of killing a 27-year-old Congolese refugee in June last

Karasburg man to plead on murder charge

WINDHOEK – A resident of Westerkim location in Karasburg will plead today on a charge of murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, 4 of 2003 before newly appointed Acting Judge of the Windhoek High Court Eileen Rakow.

Victim killed over cheap wine

SWAKOPMUND – A Swakopmund resident died on Saturday evening after he was stabbed over a bottle of cheap wine he reportedly grabbed from two men. According to the police crime report, the incident happened around 22h40 at Hero’s bar in Mondesa.


Coast divided over Nimt double murders

SWAKOPMUND – Two sets of petitions are in circulation, one by those believing in the innocence of Ernst Lichtenstrasser, the only accused in the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt) double murders, and those who believe he must pay for the cold-blooded killings.


Guilty verdict in beach shooting

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Alfred Siboleka returned a verdict of guilty with direct intent in the trial of a young man accused of killing his girlfriend near Independence Beach in Walvis Bay. The killing took place on November 10, 2014. 


Kanime’s fate to be decided by May 22

WINDHOEK - Legal teams in the matter between suspended City Police Chief Abraham Kanime and the City of Windhoek agreed in the High Court on Friday that the City’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kahimise, and the council of the City of Windhoek meet not later than May 22.

Nikodemus loses third lawyer

WINDHOEK - Mbanga Siyomunji, the lawyer for Lukas Nepela Nikodemus – his third one after Milton Engelbrecht and Jan Wessels – withdrew yesterday from the double murder trial citing lack of trust between him (the lawyer) and his client as the reason.


Nikodemus to call three witnesses

WINDHOEK - Double murder accused, Lukas Nepela Nikodemus, the man charged with the murder and burning of two young women at a rubbish dump in Pionierspark in Windhoek, informed the Windhoek High Court he wishes to call three witnesses to testify in his defence.


American murder accused gets new lawyer

WINDHOEK - The murder trial of the two Americans accused of the assassin like murder of Andre Heckmair in Windhoek in 2011 was yesterday postponed to June 16 to 20 for the continuation of their trial after Legal Aid agreed to avail another lawyer for Marcus Thomas.

Woman burns her boyfriend to death

WINDHOEK - A dispute over ownership of a shack caused a woman to burn it down, killing her boyfriend who was sleeping inside. It is alleged the suspect, 29, had an ownership dispute over a shack in which they were residing with her boyfriend as lovers. 


Thirty years for panga murder

WINDHOEK – Oshakati High Court Judge Herman January last week sentenced a man he convicted of murdering the mother of his two minor children by beheading her with a panga to 30 years direct imprisonment on a count of murder with direct intent read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act.

Chinese bribery appeal falls at first hurdle

WINDHOEK - Two Chinese nationals who admitted in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court that they attempted to bribe a police officer with N$4 000, failed at their attempt to have their conviction and sentence of two years direct imprisonment overturned on Friday in the Windhoek High Court.

Accused deny hand in mob murder

WINDHOEK - A group of 11 men and women who were arrested for their alleged involvement in a mob justice that resulted in the death of a 27-year-old Congolese refugee last year have denied guilt in Katutura Magistrate’s Court.


Chinese murder suspects denied bail

RUNDU - Two Chinese accused in the recent murder of their employee Haushiku Andreas Muyevu at Andara village in Mukwe Constituency that sparked looting were on Tuesday denied bail when they made a routine court appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court.


New lawyer for American murder accused

WINDHOEK - Marcus Thomas who was refused further legal aid from the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Department after he went through five lawyers since the start of his trial, was thrown a legal lifeline by Legal Aid after they reconsidered their position and instructed Titus Ipumbu to represent him.

Recordings disputed in Mbok trial

WINDHOEK - Recordings obtained by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of conversations between Daniel David Nghiwilepo, 42, and a former registry clerk at the Ministry of Finance, 39-year-old Veronika Kituna Thomas – who admitted


Ondonga case struck from court roll

WINDHOEK – The matter in which two members of the Ondonga royal family wanted the Windhoek High Court on an urgent basis to interdict a member of another faction from acting as if he was the successor to the throne was struck from the court roll on Friday for lack of urgency.


Elephant poacher fined N$30 000

ONGWEDIVA – Johannes Bokoma Nashikaku, who was earlier this month convicted of dealing with protected wildlife products, was on Tuesday slapped with a N$30 000 fine or alternatively three years imprisonment after appearing in the Tsumeb Magistrates Court.


Killer of young girl wants mercy 

WINDHOEK - A man from Mariental who admitted that he strangled a 16-year-old girl to death near a cemetery between October 19 and 21, 2016, before being convicted on two attempted murder counts, one count of rape, one count of crimen injuria and one count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, wants the court to give him a lenient sentence. 


Ex-ACC investigator narrates arrest of tax fraud accused

WINDHOEK - The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigator that arrested Mamsy Mweneni Nuuyoma during a sting operation at Aveshe Consultancy on December 1, 2015 yesterday testified during the first day of an enquiry into the admissibility of certain documents that were confiscated from the house she rented with Boykie Naukosho in Dorado Park.


Karasburg man sentenced to life

WINDHOEK - A man from Karasburg in southern Namibia, who was convicted of washing his victim and clothing her and putting her in their bed after he realised she died as a result of he beating her, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday by Judge Nate Ndauendapo.


Education minister maintains her innocence

WINDHOEK - Despite State Advocate Ed Marondedze’s probing questions, Minister of Education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, the former governor of Hardap Region remained steadfast in her denials of any wrongdoing during the handing over of the Mariental Mass Houses in 2014. 


State wins appeal on indecent assault case

WINDHOEK - A Swakopmund man who thought he got away with rape after the Windhoek High Court convicted him of indecent assault instead of rape got a rude awakening when the Namibia Supreme Court overturned his conviction and replaced it with one of attempted rape.

Interesting facts unearthed in tax refund trial

WINDHOEK - During the cross-examination of Paul Nakhom, a senior analyst at the Customs Division at the Ministry of Finance who was the second witness to testify for the State in the ongoing tax refund scam trial currently in the Windhoek High Court on Friday before Acting Judge Kobus Miller and his two assessors, John Mandy and Yolande Böttger several key issues relating to the process of claiming VAT refunds came to the fore.


State wants serial conviction in rape trial 

WINDHOE - State Advocate Marthino Olivier has asked Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku to convict a man, already convicted of murdering a 16-year-old girl near a cemetery at Mariental, of a further three counts of rape, two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. 


Teen accused of infanticide released

RUNDU - A 16-year-old girl who was arrested on Sunday after she allegedly dumped her new-born at Katji na Katji village in the Kavango West Region was released in the care of her guardian when she appeared in court on Tuesday. She faces a charge of murder - alternative culpable homicide.

SME Bank liquidators pursue dodgy bankers

WINDHOEK - In an ex parte application in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, the liquidators of the Small and Medium Enterprises Bank asked the Windhoek High Court to attach the possession of five people that had dealings with the now defunct bank that was meant to help SMEs.

Thugs burglarise Nedbank,  steal cash

WINDHOEK - Nedbank Namibia Limited has confirmed a break-in at its Otjiwarongo branch early on Monday morning in which an unknown number of suspects forced the window open and entered through an exit door and stole an unspecified but large amount of money.

Bow and arrow suspect gets bail

WINDHOEK - A man accused of trying to kill another by shooting him with an arrow through his pelvis and injuring his intestines in December last year was granted bail in the amount of N$5 000 after a lengthy bail application hearing.


Setback for tax refund scam suspects

WINDHOEK - No further delays will be tolerated, Acting High Court Judge Kobus Miller said yesterday when he was informed another State-funded lawyer in the mega tax refund trial that was scheduled to start earlier this week has to withdraw from the matter.


Former accountant sent to jail

WINDHOEK - Stealing to support an expensive lifestyle including private schools and expensive weddings plus various failed business ventures landed a former assistant accountant in jail for eight years after Windhoek High Court Judge Kobus Miller convicted her of 34 counts of fraud and one count of money laundering on her own admission.

No lenience for ‘facilitator’

WINDHOEK - Two judges of the Windhoek High Court on Monday dismissed an appeal by a man convicted of robbery, based on the doctrine of common purpose, for letting two persons into the complainant’s home, who overpowered a domestic worker and stole large amounts of cash and jewellery. 

Man slits girlfriend’s throat

Eefa Doukadona - A 23-year-old student became the latest victim of domestic and gender-based violence (GBV) after her 27-year-old boyfriend allegedly stabbed her several times and slit her throat with a knife. She died instantly.


Accused was ‘worried’ about killing white man

WINDHOEK - One of the accused in the on-going murder, robbery and rape trial currently in the Windhoek High Court told a fellow inmate that he was not worried about the case of a girl he stabbed to death, but about a case in which he killed a white man, Judge Nate Ndauendapo heard yesterday. 

Chinese national robbed off N$120 000

WINDHOEK- A Chinese national was robbed of N$ 120 000 on Friday by three masked men just before he entered the gate to his house in Eros.  New Era learnt that the victim was dropped off at home after coming from the bank where he withdrew a lumpsum of money.  

Man loses life over N$10

WINDHOEK - A 45-year-old man was arrested after he stabbed two people, killing one and injuring the other over N$10.  The incident happened on Sunday early morning at Sonderwater Rehoboth.  Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi confirmed the suspect stabbed the deceased on the left side of the chest with a knife and the victim died on the spot.  

Fraud and theft suspect denied bail 

RUNDU - A Namibian who originates from Zimbabwe Nevers Chirimugaha,51 was on Friday denied bail when he made a routine court appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on three counts, a charge of fraud, theft by false pretence, forgery and uttering a forged instrument.


State wants to appeal ruling in Lameck trial

WINDHOEK - The office of the Prosecutor General yesterday applied to be granted leave to appeal the ruling of Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg that effectively sunk their case against Teckla Lameck and her business partner in Teko Trading, Jerobeam Kongo Mokaxwa.


Oshikoto had less crime, accidents over festive season

OMUTHIYA - Crime and motor accidents in Oshikoto Region drastically reduced over the festive season, an achievement the Deputy Commissioner for Crime Prevention, Petrus Shigwedha, attributed to various tactical operations such as night foot and vehicle patrols in town and villages, as well as setting up permanent roadblocks.


Legal issues delay tax refund trial

WINDHOEK - The tax refund scam trial that was supposed to have started yesterday was postponed to today after Acting High Court Judge Kobus Miller was informed that several issues including legal representation for some of the accused still need resolving. 

Teen critical after hit and run 

RUNDU - The police in Kavango West are investigating a case whereby a 19-year-old man was bumped along the Rundu-Nkurenkuru B10 main road. The unknown driver failed to report the accident nor render any assistance to the injured victim as is required by law.

Otjomuise resident gang-raped

WINDHOEK - Four men allegedly held a 20-year-old woman at knife-point and proceeded to brutally rape her after they ambushed her from her residence in Otjomuise early yesterday morning shortly after the victim tried to enter her house from work.


SPYL mourns murdered functionary

ONGWEDIVA - The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has condemned the brutal atrocities perpetrated against women and children following the killing of its Elim District Secretary in Omusati Region Annastasia Iipumbu-Shivute allegedly at the hands of her husband on Thursday.

Angolan mother detained for infanticide

WINDHOEK - A seven-month-old baby girl died instantly after her biological mother allegedly hit her head three times against a concrete bench, which is inside her homestead. She allegedly also threw the hapless infant over the boundary wall last Thursday in an incident that has shocked her neighbours.


Two convicts who breached ACC Act denied bail

WINDHOEK - Two Chinese nationals sentenced to 24 months in jail each for attempting to bribe a police official with N$4000 to stop her investigation into a money laundering complaint against one of them was last Friday denied bail pending an appeal they lodged against the sentence.


Goliath to be sentenced tomorrow

WINDHOEK - Eldrin Goliath, the now 22-year-old resident of Rehoboth who was convicted of murder with direct intent, rape and theft will be sentenced tomorrow in the Windhoek High Court, Judge Christi Liebenberg stated yesterday after hearing oral submissions by the state and defence counsels.

Grootfontein killer gets 35 years

WINDHOEK - Just one day after he was convicted of murder with direct intent for killing the mother of his two children by stabbing her 14 times with a knife, a Grootfontein resident was sentenced to 35 years behind bars by Oshakati High Court Judge, Johanna Salionga last week.


No bail for sexagenarian pending appeal

WINDHOEK - Acting Windhoek High Court judge, Ileni Velikoshi, last Thursday denied 66-year-old farmer, Willem Visagie Barnard, bail pending the finalisation of his appeal hearing on a conviction of murder and 10 year sentence for killing his wife at their farm in the Mariental district.

Supreme Court exonerates former judge

WINDHOEK – “Justice was served on earth and in heaven,” former Supreme Court Judge Pio Marapi Teek said on Monday after three acting judges of appeal dismissed an appeal the Prosecutor-General (PG) lodged against his acquittal on charges of kidnapping and sexual molestation.


Rehoboth resident guilty of murder

WINDHOEK - A 21-year-old resident of Rehoboth, who had his plea of guilty on a murder charge rejected by both the prosecution and the presiding judge for not complying with all the elements of a guilty plea, was convicted on a charge of murder with direct intent on Friday.


Charges clear in Möller murder trial - judge

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court judge, Dinnah Usiku, rejected an application by one of the five men accused of the murder of Walvis Bay businessman, Hans-Jorg Möller, during a daring robbery to be furnished with further particulars on one of the charges that he faces.


Man denies killing four-year-old boy

WINDHOEK - A man accused of killing a boy he was made to believe was his own son, until he heard rumours to the contrary after his break-up with the mother of the boy pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder read with the Domestic Violence Act before Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo.

Court rules in favour of Swapo

WINDHOEK - The failure of two disgruntled members of Swapo to join other interested parties when they decided to approach the Windhoek High Court to stop the extra-ordinary Congress of Swapo slated for this weekend backfired when High Court Judge Thomas Masuku upheld an objection by the party and its secretary general Sophia Shaningwa about the non-joinder.

Further delay in Makono’s drug trial

WINDHOEK – The Windhoek Regional Court further postponed the trial of a 53-year-old man who is on trial for allegedly dealing in cannabis worth more than N$200 000.  Appearing on bail for the continuation of his trial Makono Victus, 53, was informed that his trial will not proceed as scheduled due to the unavailability of his defence attorney Garth Joseph.