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Man shot in head during quarrel

WINDHOEK - A 22-year-old man is fighting for his life in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital where he is receiving treatment after he was reportedly shot in the head by a security guard of King Nehale Security Company.

Man found guilty of relative’s death

WINDHOEK – The Windhoek Regional Court convicted a Windhoek resident for the death of his relative.  Magistrate Elina Nandago convicted Benny Goliath on a charge of murder for the vicious attack and stabbing to death of his cousin Jacques Geingob on January 15, 2014 in Katutura.

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N$2.5 million fraud case postponed

WINDHOEK - Windhoek Magistrate’s Court had to postpone the N$2.5 million fraud case of seasoned attorney Titus Mbaeva following the failure of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit the docket to the Prosecutor-General. 

Hearing impaired killer gets 28 years

WINDHOEK - A 43-year-old hearing impaired man who confessed he killed the 56-year-old mother of his girlfriend by stabbing her with a screwdriver four times in her upper body five days after he hacked his brother-in-law with a panga on the shoulder was sentenced to 28 years in prison last week.

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Alleged serial rapist says he was invited into flat

WINDHOEK – A Swakopmund resident who allegedly raped a 14-year-old and another woman in the spate of five days after being released on bail on a previous rape charge pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and one count of attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice, alternatively obstructing a member of the police from carrying out his or her duties.

Police teargas riotous vendors at Outapi

ONGWEDIVA - The police in Outapi yesterday had to use pepper spray to disperse about 100 street vendors who went on an angry rampage, after the police allegedly confiscated and threw away the goods they were selling. Amongst those teargassed indiscriminately were three toddlers strapped on their mothers’ backs, witnesses said.

Farmer gets N$3000 fine for stealing goats

KHORIXAS - Magistrate Muchali Jermaine Muchali recently issued a fine of N$3000 or 18 months imprisonment to Uatjindisa Tjambiru (55), for possessing a herd of six stolen goats that the accused hid in his corrugated iron zinc shack at Donkerhoek informal settlement in Khorixas. Tjambiru paid the fine.

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Son’s killing ‘accidental’ - says father

WINDHOEK - A Gobabis resident accused of killing his three-month-old son by picking him up and throwing him on the ground causing him to die later that day in hospital from a fractured skull, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder yesterday before Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo in the Windhoek High Court.

NUST fraud case postponed

WINDHOEK - The Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday postponed a case of former University of Science and Technology (NUST) employee accused of fraud and money laundering for N$1.2 million due to incomplete investigations. 

Thirty-four years for deadly frenzied attack

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku last Friday sentenced Gobabis resident, Jacob Hoxobeb, 32, whom she convicted of murder with direct intent to an effective 34 years behind bars for the killing of his girlfriend and mother of his three children by stabbing her at least 16 times.

Hanse-Himarwa trial starts today

WINDHOEK - The corruption trial of Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa (51), is set to start this morning in the Windhoek High Court before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo with her expected to plead not guilty to one count of corruption.

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Divundu murder accused denied bail

RUNDU - The Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday denied bail to 24-year-old Henog Dihako from Mushashani village in Mukwe Constituency who stands accused of murder, rape and defeating the course of justice, as he tried to conceal the heinous crime against his girlfriend by burying her body in a shallow grave.

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Nghixulifa gets new trial dates

WINDHOEK- Former CEO of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) Kelly Nghixulifa and his business friends Anna Ndoroma, 53, and 50-year-old Hafeni Nginamwaami got new trial dates yesterday when they made a routine appearance before Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg.

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Aupindi to hear corruption verdict today

WINDHOEK – After several postponements, the verdict in the trial of former Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Managing Director Tobias Aupindi and his co-accused Italian business partner Antonio di Savino is due to be handed down today in Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.

Gobabis man makes confession on frenzied knife murder

WINDHOEK - A Gobabis man who admitted to stabbing the mother of his five children, at least 16 times with a knife because he suspected her of having an affair with a taxi driver, was convicted of murder with direct intent yesterday morning by Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku on his own admission.

Rundu fugitive evades arrest

RUNDU - New Era has learned that the police in Rundu have been on a hunt to rearrest an inmate who recently escaped from the Rundu charge office holding cells during the early hours of 7 October or during the night of 6 October.

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Koch gets eight years for child trafficking

WINDHOEK - High Court Judge President Petrus Damaseb yesterday sentenced convicted child trafficker, Bertus Koch, the DRC settlement of Swakopmund resident to an effective eight years imprisonment on convictions of child trafficking and committing an immoral act with a child under the age of 16. The sentence was meted out in the morning.

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Second treason trial resumes

WINDHOEK - The trial of eight men still facing charges of high treason, murder, attempted murder, sedition, public violence and illegal importation of weapons and ammunition resumed  in the Windhoek High Court this week after the Chief Justice, Peter Shivute, denied a petition directed at him.

NAC wants court to nullify Ondangwa Airport tender

WINDHOEK – Namibia Airports Company (NAC) through its new Board of Directors is asking the Windhoek High Court to review and set aside a decision and resolution taken by the previous board of the embattled public company to award a tender to China State Construction Engineering Company (CSCES) to be appointed as the contractor for the Ondangwa Airport Runway Rehabilitation Project.

Panga killer guilty as charged

WINDHOEK - A man from King Kauluma village in the Tsumeb District who was on trial for almost severing the head of his girlfriend and the mother of his two minor children was convicted of murder with direct intent by High Court Judge Herman January in the Oshakati High Court at the close of trial.

Nikodemus denies committing double murder

WINDHOEK - Lukas Nepela Nikodemus, the man charged with the murder and burning of two young women at a rubbish dump in Pionierspark suburb in Windhoek, said he will plead not guilty when his trial starts in two weeks’ time in the Windhoek High Court before High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg.

Guard on trial for murder denied bail

WINDHOEK - Following one month of trying to convince the court to release him on bail, a security guard who stands accused of raping and killing Theresia Pietersen, 32, was denied bail by the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday. 

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Human trafficking suspects apply for bail

OSHAKATI - The first accused in the humana trafficking case currently before the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court, Sylvia Bonifatius, 18, alleged in her bail application hearing that she concealed the whereabouts of the victim to protect her against her father.

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Bongers grilled in MTC graft trial

WINDHOEK - The trial of prominent Windhoek lawyer Dirk Conradie and his long-time friend Sara Ngenohani Damases resumed in the Windhoek High Court yesterday with Mark Bongers, the man who taped a conversation he had with Conradie, facing cross-examination.

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Life in prison for panga hacker

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment, an Otjiwarongo man who admitted in the Windhoek High Court that he hacked his girlfriend 45 times in the head, neck and face.

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Former top cop guilty of murder

WINDHOEK - A former senior police officer of the Namibian Police Force accused of shooting an 18-year-old to death was convicted yesterday on five of the six charges that he faced in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Prison Facility by Judge Dinnah Usiku.

Cop recalls grisly murder scene

WINDHOEK - One of the first police officers at the scene of the gruesome murder of 24-year-old Louise Ross Shimunu Alupe on November 10, 2014, at Dunes Independence Beach in Walvis Bay yesterday testified about what he found when he arrived at the scene.

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Another life sentence for murder

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku on Friday dished out the umpteenth life sentence since the Supreme Court declared the increasing long direct jail terms by the High Court inhumane, in what has become to be known as the ‘Gaingob Judgment’.

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Koch acquitted for rape, guilty of child trafficking

WINDHOEK - Bertus Koch, the DRC settlement of Swakopmund resident accused of child trafficking and rape, alternatively committing an immoral act with a child under the age of 16 was on Tuesday convicted on the trafficking count, acquitted on the rape charge, but convicted on the alternative charge by High Court Judge President and Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb.

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Life imprisonment for Tses rapist and killer

WINDHOEK – Jesaja Boois, 43, a resident of Tses in the Keetmanshoop district was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment on a conviction of murder, 20 years on a conviction rape, one year on a conviction of assault by threat and one year in jail on a conviction of defeating or attempting to defeat the course of justice by the Windhoek High Court.

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Mariental murderer, serial rapist gets life

WINDHOEK - Gerald Henly Matlata, 34, the man who had the southern town of Mariental in a grip of fear for three years was yesterday sentenced to life in prison on convictions of murder, rape, robbery, housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery, theft and housebreaking with intent to rape and rape.

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Judge dismisses application for leave to appeal recusal refusal

WINDHOEK - Acting Windhoek High Court Judge Johanna Salionga yesterday afternoon refused an application by the State funded lawyers for the accused in the murder for hire trial in the Windhoek High Court without giving any reasons. Judge Salionga only read the order dismissing the application and indicated she will present her reasons today at 09h00.

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B1 City accused wants charges quashed

WINDHOEK - Former CEO of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC), Kelly Nghixulifa has requested the Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg to quash counts 1, 6, 9 and 10 in the indictment he faces in relation to charges of fraud and contravening the ACC Act.

Five-year-old shares his sodomy story

OSHAKATI – “It was painful and I was screaming, but he told me to keep quiet or else he would beat me,” a five-year-old boy from one of Oshakati’s informal settlements described the chilling details of the day he was allegedly sodomised by an older boy from the same location.

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Man confesses to hacking girlfriend to death

WINDHOEK - An Otjiwarongo man who admitted in the Windhoek High Court yesterday that he hacked his girlfriend 45 times on her head, neck and face, said he committed the gruesome deed because the deceased refused to break up with him despite her having another boyfriend.

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State requests life sentence for Matlata

WINDHOEK - State Advocate Marthino Olivier last Friday requested the Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg to send Gerald Henly Matlata, 34, to prison for the rest of his life on convictions of murder, rape, robbery, housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery, theft and housebreaking.

Frenzied fatal knife case postponed to 2019

WINDHOEK - The trial of a woman accused of fatally stabbing her live-in boyfriend 17 times in 2009 will only resume in 2019. Laimi Goagoses, 35, has been on trial on a charge of murder for the death of her boyfriend, Horst Gunther Radecke, 57. Radecke lost his life in the attack that took place on December 23, 2009 along Tempel Street, Dolam in Katutura.

Murder accused gets date for bail hearing

WINDHOEK - Tuhemwe Dinyando, 30, a former security guard who has been in custody for allegedly killing a 32-year-old woman whose corpse was discovered near the University of Namibia’s (Unam) main campus will take the stand for his formal bail hearing in Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.

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State requests 45 years for rape alone

WINDHOEK – State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu yesterday morning asked Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo to remove Jesaja Boois from society for a very long time as he is clearly a danger who cannot be let loose on innocent members of society.

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Supreme Court denies petition for appeal

WINDHOEK - Chief Justice, Peter Shivute has denied a petition from eight persons still facing charges of high treason, murder, attempted murder, sedition, public violence, and illegal importation of weapons and ammunition directed at him to appeal a decision by Acting High Court Judge Petrus Unengu on the jurisdiction of the Namibian High Court to try them.

State calls Namandje’s argument bluff

WALVIS BAY - State prosecutor for the N$206 million cocaine case, Salmon Kanyemba says lawyer Sisa Namandje’s argument in the state’s case is weak, Namandje argued the evidence collected during the arrest of Grant Noble and Dinath Azahr is baseless and will be inadmissible during the trial.

Judgment expected in NamibRe re-insurance

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Thomas Masuku says he will deliver his judgment in the urgent application Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein and the Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation (NamibRe) launched to compel eight insurance companies to re-insure with NamibRe according to the NamibRe Act 22 of 1998 on September 20 after listening to two days of arguments.

Rittmann gets new veteran lawyer

WINDHOEK - Legal old-hand Johan van Vuuren was yesterday appointed as the new State funded legal representative for Rachel Rittmann, 47, the Gobabis woman accused of plotting along with her boyfriend to kill her husband in August 2013.

Nanub unrepentant despite murder conviction

WINDHOEK - A resident of the Havana settlement of Windhoek who was convicted of murder with direct intent and robbery with aggravating circumstances for slitting the throat of his former girlfriend and mother of his daughter, before he robbed her and her new boyfriend of a gas stove, still maintains he did not commit the dastardly deed.

Villager killed following heated quarrel

RUNDU - The Namibian Police in Rundu were called to a gruesome crime scene at Gove village some 31 km east of Rundu along the Rundu-Divundu gravel road that runs parallel to the Kavango River where a man had just been killed with a sharp unidentified object in the early hours of Thursday.

Jail terms and fines for Oranjemund pyramid schemers

WINDHOEK – Tears of joy and sorrows, along with hugs and kisses, were the order of the day when three people convicted of 513 counts of fraud, contravening the Banking Institutions Act and Contravening the Companies Act were sentenced to different terms of imprisonment and fines yesterday by Windhoek High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka.

Suspect sought by cops for dumping foetus

KAYIRA-YIRA - The police in Kavango West have requested the assistance from members of the public, who may perhaps have some information that could help to apprehend the culprit suspected to have aborted and abandoned her infant in the bushes of Kayira-yira village in Kavango West.

DNA of deceased covered murder weapon - expert

WINDHOEK - DNA expert, Maryn Swart, yesterday revealed to Judge Naomi Shivute in the Windhoek Court the DNA she found on the knife that ended the life of Getrud Vaanda Tjihuiko was predominantly hers with the accused in the matter, Elvis Mieze, 44 contributing only a minimal portion.

Frenzied knife murder trial postponed to April

WINDHOEK - The trial of Rodney Ricardo Rooi accused of murdering his 19-year-old girlfriend and mother of his child, Brigitta Smith, by stabbing her seven times in the chest for refusing to spend the night with him was postponed to April next year by the Windhoek High Court.

Court returns lodge to its rightful owners

WINDHOEK - The Windhoek High Court returned the occupancy rights of the Purros Community Campsite and Bush Lodge to the Purros Conservancy Committee after the latter successfully lodged an urgent application to restore their undisturbed and peaceful possession of the premises situated at Purros village.

Murder accused says fatal shooting was accidental

WINDHOEK - A former senior police officer of the Namibian Police Force, accused of shooting to death a teenager, yesterday claimed the fatal shot he fired happened during a struggle for the gun. He said this when he testified in his own defence in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Prison Facility before Judge Dinah Usiku.

Wife testifies in husband’s murder trial

WINDHOEK - The wife of a man accused of beating a woman to death in Windhoek’s Otjomuise location testified in her husband’s defence yesterday in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Alfred Siboleka. Margaret Gawaxab confirmed what Elwen Gawaxab has been saying through his privately funded lawyer, Mbanga Siyomunji, that he had on his work clothes, a green trouser and shirt when he left their house the previous evening and that he still had the same clothes on when he arrived home early the next morning, contrary to the evidence of State witnesses that he had put on blue jeans and a white shirt.

Missing docket halts murder case

WINDHOEK – The Katutura Magistrate’s Court could not proceed with the murder case of a 20-year-old woman on trial for allegedly killing her pensioner lover in February. The hearing failed to take place because the docket was not available.

Three minors brutally raped in Oshikoto

OMUTHIYA - Three separate cases of rape involving minors were reported to the Oshikoto police in one week, and only one of the suspects has so far been arrested while the other two are still at large, although their identities are known to the police.