CORRECTION: Arrested court interpreter to hear trial date soon

14 Aug 2014 13:20pm
ATTENTION – CORRECTION: Hafeni Kafila Kautwima is a taxi driver and not a court interpreter as indicated in previous story.

WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) - A former Windhoek Magistrate’s Court interpreter and taxi driver charged with the alleged theft of three dockets of robbery and fraud cases, will hear their trial date early next month.
The interpreter, Thomas Mutilifa, 29; and taxi driver Hafeni Kafila Kautwima, 28; made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Luderitz Street on Wednesday, where their housebreaking with intent to steal and theft case was postponed to 10 September 2014.
The accused appeared before Magistrate John Liwoyo Sindano.
Public Prosecutor Tatelo Cubbert Lusepani appeared for the State, while Windhoek-based defence lawyers Ray Rukoro and Mbushandje Nhinda represented the two accused.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet have it that Mutilifa and Kautwima allegedly stole the dockets after they broke into Prosecutor Hendricks Tholiso’s office between 17 and 18 January 2012.
It is alleged that the suspects stole the dockets of robbery and fraud cases, which contained witnesses' statements, scientific evidence or statements of the accused, which are vital for prosecution.
The break-in was only discovered the following morning, and sources said the motive behind the alleged theft of the court records could’ve been an attempt to defeat the course of justice.
The two are free on bail of N.dollars 3 000 each, which was also extended until their next court appearance.
The incident resulted in the Ministry of Justice installing state-of-the art cameras in the foyers and entrance to the court building as well as an alarm system during January 2102.