Four Brakwater heist suspects set free

20 Feb 2014 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) - Four of six men implicated in the December 2005 cash-in-transit heist in the Brakwater area outside Windhoek, were set free here on Thursday.
The four are Kleine Kuppe resident Matheus Hauwanga, prominent farmer and Karasburg resident Benedictus Kasimbingue, Oshakati businessman Elikana Nghimwena and Jason Awene, who is better known as 'Kilingi'.
They were set free following a judgment on their application for discharge delivered by High Court Judge Naomi Shivute on Thursday afternoon, in which the court found that the prosecution had not present prima facie evidence which could link the four men to the alleged armed robbery case, involving some N.dollars 5,7 million.
Meanwhile, accused Jan Julius, who was the driver of the security services' van from which the money was allegedly stolen, and Okuryangava resident George Jambeinge were not so lucky, as the court found they have a case to answer in connection with the alleged heist and missing money.
The four discharged men were represented by Windhoek-based defence lawyers Lucia Hamutenya and Clive Kavendjii.
The remaining two men will have to return to the Windhoek High Court on 11 December this year for the continuation of the trial.
They are free on bail of N.dollars 10 000 each, and their bail was extended until their next court appearance on 11 December 2014.
In the matter, the six men all pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances at the start of their trial in 2008.
They had particularly denied that they took part in the cash-in-transit armed robbery from a Fidelity Security Services' van near Brakwater on 27 December 2005.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has so far recovered N.dollars 3,39 million of the stolen money in South Africa, leaving more than N.dollars 2 million still to be recovered.
The stolen money belongs to three Namibian banking institutions, namely First National Bank, Bank Windhoek and Nedbank.