Nubuamis armed robbery investigations not yet complete

10 Mar 2014 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - Police investigations into the case of five men accused of robbing the Mamma Fresh grocery shop in Windhoek’s Nubuamis residential area in December last year, are not yet complete.
This came to light when the alleged armed robbers made a second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura on Monday morning.
The five men - Leonard Mwashekele, Joseph Fillipus, Linekela Hifikua, Abed Ndengu and Sam Eliaser - made a second appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Alpha Haihambo, and their case was remanded until 24 April this year for further police investigations and to allow the men to each bring a formal bail application before court in order to be released on bail.
They were today remanded in police custody with no option to post bail due to the seriousness of the charges against them.
Public Prosecutor Veikko Alexander handled the State's case.
The group face charges of attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances and possession of illegal firearms. They allegedly robbed the shop of a laptop, an undisclosed amount of money and airtime recharge vouchers on 27 December 2013.
The suspected robbers initially locked two of the shop’s employees in a walk-in fridge during the failed robbery attempt, and opened fire at Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and City Police officers after being warned to surrender themselves.
Mwashekele and Fillipus were injured in the exchange of fire between the group and police officers, and were hospitalised under police guard at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital.