Brakwater cash-in-transit heist trial to resume in June 2015

11 Dec 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 11 DEC (NAMPA) -The continuation of the trial of the two men implicated in the December 2005 cash-in-transit heist will resume in the High Court here in June 2015.
The heist, involving N.dollars 5, 7 million, was carried out in the Brakwater area outside Windhoek.
The two remaining men in the case are accused Jan Julius, who was the driver of the security services' van from which the money was allegedly stolen, and Okuryangava resident George Jambeinge.
The cash-in-transit heist trial of the two men was on Thursday put on hold until 09 June next year.
The postponement of the case was done as per agreement reached between State Advocate Carol-Ann Esterhuizen and the two accused persons' State-sponsored defence lawyer, George Neves, when the accused made another appearance before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute here on Thursday morning.
As per agreement reached by the two parties, High Court Judge Shivute then remanded the matter until 09 June 2015 for the continuation of the trial.
The duo - Julius and Jambeinge - are the only two suspects left in the case after the court found they have a case to answer in connection with the alleged heist and missing money during a judgment delivered by Judge Shivute on 20 February 2014.
The two men were initially charged alongside Kleine Kuppe resident Matheus Hauwanga, prominent farmer and Karasburg resident Benedictus Kasimbingue, Oshakati businessman Elikana Nghimwena and Jason Awene, who is better known as 'Kilingi'.
The four were set free on 20 February this year, following a judgment on their application for discharge delivered by Judge Shivute in which the court found that the prosecution had not presented prima facie evidence which could link the four men to the alleged armed robbery case, involving some N.dollars 5,7 million.
All six men had pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances at the start of their trial in 2008.
They had particularly denied that they took part in the cash-in-transit armed robbery from a Fidelity Security Services' van near Brakwater on 27 December 2005.
Both Julius and Jambeinge are free on bail of N.dollars 10 000 each, and their bail was extended until their next court appearance.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has so far recovered N.dollars 3,39 million of the stolen money in South Africa, leaving more than N.dollars 2 million still to be recovered.
The stolen money belongs to three Namibian banking institutions, namely First National Bank, Bank Windhoek and Nedbank.