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Windhoek High Court acting Judge Kobus Miller yesterday dismissed an application brought by Fishrot accused Ricardo Gustavo to recuse himself from the trial for perceived bias. The long-running trial of prominent Windhoek lawyer Dirk Conradie and his long-time friend Sara Ngenohani Damases resumed yesterday in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Thomas Masuku. The bail application of former minister of justice Sacky Shanghala’s employee Nigel van Wyk, which was initially abandoned, is now set to start in the Windhoek High Court before Oshakati-based judge Johanna Salionga on 11 July on new facts. Windhoek High Court Judge Herman January on Friday declined to hear a constitutional challenge against a section of the Criminal Procedure Act by fraud accused Manga Nawa-Mukena and her husband, Joseph. Petrus Jacobus du Plessis, who was convicted of murdering his former girlfriend, Beverly Kurangera, by stabbing her at least seven times with a spear on 25 August 2018 at Old Location in Karibib, wants the court to show him mercy. The Oshakati High Court has set aside the convictions and 20-year imprisonment sentences of three youths - one a minor then – on charges of raping a mentally challenged girl in Outapi. Windhoek High Court Judge Claudia Claassen sentenced a man she convicted of murder, read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, to 33 years direct imprisonment yesterday. Deputy Chief Justice and Judge President Petrus Damaseb on Tuesday gave separate victories to two warring parties in a lawsuit involving a trust supposed to be for the benefit of vulnerable children. Prominent lawyer Sisa Namandje is now representing British mogul Harvey Boulter on instructions from Kadhila Amoomo. A Namibian man who allegedly operated a Ponzi scheme and defrauded 79 persons of N$4.3 million made a first appearance in the Windhoek High Court yesterday. Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula has allocated the fraud trial of forex traders Michael Amushelelo and Gregory Cloete to himself after Windhoek High Court Judge Claudia Claasen withdrew from the matter because she is personally acquainted with some of the State witnesses. The co-accused of Russian national Alexander Krylov testified this week in her own defence on 42 counts of rape and child trafficking in addition to a charge of supplying cigarettes to minors. A Congolese national, Abigail Bashala, accused of smuggling at least 15 refugees into Namibia for a fee, yesterday maintained that she never took any money from any of the complainants she is accused of smuggling. Windhoek High Court Judge Herman Oosthuizen on Tuesday refused to grant the State an opportunity to appeal his judgement when he released Ricardo Gustavo on bail. Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku yesterday sentenced a man she convicted of murder with direct intent read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act to an effective 30-year jail term. Trial-awaiting inmates housed at the Echo section at the Windhoek Correctional Facility claim brutal assaults and torture at the hands of correctional officers. Prosecutor general Martha Imalwa wants the Oshakati High Court to set aside a section 174 discharge for northern-based lawyer Marcia Amupolo on charges of crimen injuria and two counts of common assault. The rape, assault, attempted rape and attempted murder trial of a Windhoek resident, who is accused of 23 offences, including the mutilation of a 10-year-old girl in 2018, was postponed yesterday as the prosecutor is “indisposed.” The truck driver who reportedly carried drugs with a combined value of more than N$11 million was granted bail of N$50 000 with conditions in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court last week. A Rehoboth resident, who allegedly killed his 18-year-old pregnant girlfriend, finally got his trial dates 10 years after his initial arrest.