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A full bench of the Windhoek High Court yesterday dismissed a challenge to a section of the Combating of Rape Act by a Cuban doctor accused of raping a female colleague about four years ago. Windhoek High Court Judge Herman January has agreed to hear the bail application on new facts by former magistrate Jaco Kennedy. Double murder accused Ernst Josef Lichtenstrasser said he only confessed to the murders of two senior executives of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology in Arandis because the police threatened to arrest his wife. A Namibian man who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme and is accused of defrauding 79 persons to the tune of N$4.3 million, pleaded not guilty to all counts yesterday in the Windhoek High Court. A report on handwriting specimens from the Namibia Police Forensic Science Institute is at the root cause of an almost year-long delay in the trial of Ondangwa-based magistrate, Liwena Walter Mikiti, in the Windhoek High Court before acting Judge Eileen Rakow. A Windhoek resident accused of raping his biological daughter several times and forcing her to abort the foetus after impregnating her, has managed to secure the services of prominent criminal defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji. High Court acting Judge David Munsu yesterday reserved his ruling on the bail application by Tamson ‘Fitty’ Hatuikulipi to 27 December this year after hearing closing arguments by the legal teams. The bail application of former minister of justice Sackey Shanghala’s employee, Nigel van Wyk, on new facts, that was abandoned is now set to start in the Windhoek High Court before Oshakati-based judge Davis Munsu today together with that of Bernhardt Esau. Prominent criminal defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji secured bail for rape-accused public prosecutor Romeo Goagoseb in the Mariental Magistrate’s Court last week. We live in unprecedented times. Postmodern society is characterised by advances in science, technology, capitalism, individualism, legislation, human rights and hedonism; yet, there is so much uncertainty and prevalence of mental health problems. Former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau has pleaded ignorance about the crimes he is accused of as well as the industry he was leading, at least initially. Former minister of fisheries Bernhardt Esau yesterday said he and the Fishrot co-accused were never friends, but that they did have a cordial relationship. The trial of two Zimbabwean citizens, accused of murdering a nine-year-old girl who lived with them, was put on hold yesterday after the victim’s mother was re-arrested, following surfacing incriminating evidence. Admitted killer Ernst Josef Lichtenstrasser yesterday continued with his testimony, denying he was anywhere close to the scene or even in Arandis on the fateful day when two senior executives of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology were gunned down in cold blood. A former senior police officer attached to the Women and Child Protection Unit in Keetmanshoop, is still waiting for his psychological evaluation by a private psychiatrist. Muzeko wabayahi banaha Zimbabwe bababeli, babakulubelwa kuli neba bulaile mwanana walilimo zelobañwi yana pila nibona, nolilimanisizwe viki yefelile kasamulaho akutamiwa hape kwamahe mufu, kulatelela kusinulwa kwabupaki bobunca. Three Supreme Court judges yesterday heard an appeal against the decision of the Windhoek High Court to refuse to grant six of the Fishrot accused bail. Three men accused of the murder and robbery of businessman Daniele Ferrari are still waiting to hear on what charges and in which court they will be tried. Five men implicated in the Fishrot scandal are fighting tooth and nail to stop prosecutor general Martha Imalwa from attaching their assets. A man who was convicted of culpable homicide for stabbing another man once in the chest causing his death was sentenced to an effective five years in jail yesterday morning by regional magistrate Vanessa Stanley.