Warrants of arrest nullify alleged police impersonator’s bail

24 Jul 2014 11:10am
KARIBIB, 24 JUL (NAMPA) - Robbery and police impersonation suspect Albert Kahembe, 33 was granted bail in the amount of N.dollars 7 000, but could not be released from custody as there are other warrants of arrest issued for other robberies and police impersonation charges pending.
Kahembe appeared before magistrate Lilian Mbaeva in the Karibib Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to hear the ruling on his bail application, which ended in the granting of such bail.
In the current matter, the accused and five other male suspects allegedly robbed an elderly couple at a farm near Karibib in February this year.
The suspects allegedly robbed the couple of a pistol, jewellery, laptops, mobile phones, semi-precious stones as well as an unspecified amount of cash.
He was thus rearrested immediately after his appearance for other suspected robberies and police impersonation charges in the Kavango West and East Regions; at the Uis settlement in the Erongo Region; as well as for allegedly defrauding a church and bank in Oshakati in the Oshana Region.
The counts of impersonating a police officer emanated from the group wearing police uniforms and using vehicles with false police number plates at the time of the suspected robberies.
Court records indicate that they approached people whilst pretending to be officers of the law, looking for unregistered firearms.
They would then later rob the victims of their property.
Nampa established on Tuesday that for Kahembe to obtain his freedom, he needs to appear in court again for all cases against him.
He might then apply for and be granted bail.
Sources familiar with the case confirmed to this news agency on Thursday that Kahembe is still in custody.
The other suspects currently in custody in connection with the Karibib matter are David Oiva, 26; Junias Iipinge, 28; and Elias Amos, 29.
Court records also show that the fifth suspect was released on bail, while the police are still searching for the sixth suspect.
Kahembe was represented by defence counsel Ray Rukoro, with Prosecutor George Matali representing the State.
His case was postponed to 03 September 2014 for further police investigations.
Karibib is situated about 60 kilometres east of Usakos in the Erongo Region.