Ramakhutla death case awaiting PG's decision

20 May 2014 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAY (NAMPA) – The case of three City Police officers accused of assault which led to the death of a 17-year-old boy in the capital during April last year, is now awaiting a decision from the Prosecutor-General's Office.
Public Prosecutor Nasilele Siyambango said in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday that the case docket has now been forwarded to the Office of Prosecutor-General (PG) Martha Ekandjo-Imalwa in order for her to pronounce herself on the matter.
Werner Johannes Shikekela, Kleofas Shikalepo Kapalanga and Elia Nakale (ages not provided), made another appearance before Justine Asino here this morning.
The deceased person in the matter is Mandela Ramakhutla.
The case was then remanded until 18 August this year as per agreement reached between Siyambango and defence lawyer Orben Sibeya, who is representing the three accused police officers.
They were initially charged with assault, but this charge was changed to murder after the boy’s death.
The late Ramakhutla was arrested on 16 April 2013 on suspicion of theft, and was later allegedly brutally assaulted by the three officers.
He was suspected of having stolen laptops from an office building in the capital three weeks prior to his arrest.
Ramakhutla died in the Katutura State Hospital's Intensive Care Unit on 24 April 2013, a day after the trio were released on bail on the initial assault charge.
They remain free on bail of N.dollars 3 000 each, which was extended until their next court appearance.
(NAMPA)
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