Security guards in court for N.dollars 1,08 million theft

01 May 2014 15:10pm
RUNDU, 01 MAY (NAMPA)- Three security guards accused of robbing N.dollars 1,08 million from the First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) Rundu branch on Monday this week, appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of theft.
The court gallery was packed to capacity with residents of Rundu who flocked to get a glance at the accused persons who are employed by the Mpungu security company.
The suspects are Magnus Muteka, Gabriel Kapanga and Petrus Kandjendje, all ages unknown.
They appeared before Magistrate Esme Molefe, who informed them of their rights to engage legal representation of their choice, before postponing the case to 09 June this year for further police investigations.
Muteka and Kapanga opted to apply for legal aid, while Kandjendje indicated that he will seek a legal representative of his choice.
The magistrate told the accused persons that the State objected that bail be given to them because investigations were not completed, and the remaining amount of N.dollars 30 000 has not yet been recovered.
The state also objected to bail because they might interfere with State witnesses and that it was not in the interest of the administration of justice and the public if they were to be released considering the seriousness of the offence.
Molefe then advised the suspects to launch a formal bail application should they wish to be released on bail.
State Prosecutor Henick Haindobo represented the State during the suspects’ first court appearance.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Tuesday recovered N.dollars 1,05 million of N.dollars 1,08 million robbed from FNB Rundu branch on Monday morning.
NamPol’s Kavango West Commander, Commissioner Olavi Auanga earlier said the money was recovered at the Gove village, situated 30km east of Rundu.
The money was found inside an empty maize meal bag, which was buried in a hole behind a house at the said village.
The Mpungu security company was sub-contracted by G4 Security Company to make cash transits for FNB Namibia in Rundu.
The suspects earlier told the police they were held at gunpoint inside the elevator of the Galaxy shopping complex which houses the FNB Rundu Branch. When they reached the ground floor of that building, they were ordered to get into their security vehicle with the N.dollars 1.08 million and drive to a certain location.
After reaching their destination, the gunman then apparently got into a waiting car and sped off with the money.