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Westlane robbers to face trial in 2020

2019-09-05  Maria Amakali

Westlane robbers to face trial in 2020
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WINDHOEK - The Windhoek Regional Court gave a final remand for the trial of a group of foreign nationals accused of carrying out an armed robbery at a shopping centre in Pioneerspark Extension 1, in 2017 and walking away with over N$400 000. 

Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi postponed the matter for plea and trial to July 6, 2020 making it a final remand. This comes after the matter was postponed several times for such. 

The group which comprises of four South African nationals and two Zimbabweans is being charged by the prosecution with offences ranging from robbery with aggravating circumstances, pointing of a firearm, theft, attempted murder and unlawful discharge of a firearm in a public place.

Those at the center of the allegations are Kubeko Mthokozisi, Lukas Ndlovu, Khumalo Vincent Martin, Vusi Vuthelezi David, Shane Ntandoyenkosi Moyo and Mguni Sibusiso Vuthelezi.
The group denied any wrongdoing when they took a no guilty plea during their preliminary pleas in June 2018. 

All charges emanate from an armed robbery that took place at Westlane shopping complex in Pionierspark Extension 1, Windhoek late last year.

Police reports at the time stated that the group in December 2017 allegedly ambushed a G4S crewman at the shopping centre, who was busy opening cash-in-transit in order to put money into the loading box. One of the suspects apparently shot through the vehicle window and grabbed one of the G4S crewmen.
The group fled the scene in a Toyota Etios, an Audi and a Lexus with foreign plate numbers. All vehicles have since been impounded. Upon their arrest, the group was found with N$336 000 and US$6500 (over N$99 000).

The court refused to release the men on bail because the suspects could flee to their countries of origin in order to evade prosecution. The six remain in custody at the trial-awaiting section of the Windhoek Correctional Facility.

Local defense lawyers Cynthy Owoseb, Trevor Brockerhoff, Kadhila Amoomo and Jan Wessels are representing the accused.

2019-09-05  Maria Amakali

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