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Two judges of the Windhoek High Court have castigated sitting magistrates who lose their cool while courts are in session. Ernst Lichtenstrasser, the man who shot his bosses at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT)’s entrance in 2019 in cold blood, allegedly tried to commit suicide in the holding cells at the Windhoek Correctional Facility. Politicians and businessmen implicated in the fishing fraud-bribery-corruption case are set to plead to the charges against them in December. A man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend in cold blood while she was recovering in hospital was denied an opportunity to appeal his 44-year sentence. Thirteen human trafficking suspects who were busted in a crypto currency sting operation have returned to the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in their quest to be released on bail. Three judges of the Supreme Court of Namibia this week ruled that Jacobus Calitz - an ex-employee of Swakop Uranium - was entitled to N$3.6 million in compensation for unfair dismissal. An outbreak of chicken pox at one of the units housing trial awaiting inmates at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, has resulted in the unit being quarantined. Defence attorney Milton Engelbrecht has been instructed by Legal Aid to defend Wickus Johann, Maree who is facing 75 counts of raping underage boys. Ernst Lichtenstrasser, the man who shot his bosses at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT)’s entrance in 2019 in cold blood, was sent to the Windhoek Central Hospital for further tests this week. High Court judge David Munsu has set 12 December as the date for his ruling on the bail application of two Fishrot accused. The trial of Ondangwa-based magistrate, Liwena Walter Mikiti, is on hold because of the unavailability of the transcribed record. The ruling in the matter between the Roads Authority (RA) and the Public Procurement Review Panel over the threshold of tenders handled by them is not ready. Three judges of the Supreme Court of Namibia dismissed an appeal brought by disgruntled members of the Witbooi clan on the designation of Salomon Witbooi as chief of the Witbooi Traditional Authority. Two farmworkers accused of murdering their employers and setting the farmhouse on fire in January 2018, pleaded not guilty to all charges yesterday before Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute. Prominent defence attorney Boris Isaacks has been summoned to court by irate Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku. The much-anticipated fish corruption trial of key figures in the Namibian society is set to start this morning if everything runs smoothly. High Court Acting Judge Moses Chinhengo yesterday refused to entertain another postponement in the Fishrot saga requested by one of the accused - former attorney general and justice minister Sakeus Shanghala. Politician and former justice minister Sakeus Shanghala has indicated his intention to fight against acting High Court Judge Moses Chinhengo’s refusal for additional time for him and two of his Fishrot co-accused to secure funding for legal representation. A man from Rundu, who was convicted of murder with direct intent after slashing his one-month-old baby’s stomach open with a traditional knife in 2019, was last week sentenced to 22 years’ imprisonment. The four unrepresented Fishrot accused currently facing corruption charges on Friday informed acting Windhoek High Court Judge Moses Chinhengo that they are unable to plead to the charges.