Men who allegedly robbed Angolan nationals appear in court

16 Jul 2013 09:30
NDONGA LINENA, 16 JUL (NAMPA) - Three of the four men who allegedly robbed two Angolan nationals of about N.dollars 78 000 at gunpoint last week made a brief appearance in the Rundu Magistrate?s Court on Tuesday.
Michael Makanga, 39, Salufu Masene, 33, and Alex Mweneputa, 38, allegedly robbed two Angolan nationals, who were hoping to buy cattle here last Friday.
The accused persons were arrested between Saturday and Monday by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kavango Region, while the fourth suspect is still at large.
The suspects were not asked to plead, and Rundu Magistrate Hellen Olaiya postponed the case to 12 September this year for further police investigations.
The accused persons, who opted to conduct their own defence, were remanded in custody.
The magistrate, however, advised them to prepare a formal bail application if they wanted to be released.
The incident allegedly occurred on the gravel road near Ndonga Linena, a village situated some 90 kilometres east of Rundu.
The two Angolan men, of whom only the main complainant has been identified as Recardo Konte, 43, were allegedly held at gunpoint by four Namibian nationals, who then proceeded to rob them of N.dollars 78 000.
The money included some American Dollar notes.
According to a police report released on Sunday, Makanga had been pretending to sell cattle to the Angolans, but instead organised that some friends rob the unsuspecting men.
The police only managed to recover N.dollars 2 000 and US.dollars 900 from Makanga at the Tuhingireni informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu, while N.dollars 7 000 was allegedly deposited into his bank account on Saturday.
NamPol?s Crime Investigations? Co-ordinator in the Kavango Region, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton earlier said the deposited money was withdrawn on Saturday, and will be used as evidence.
A Toyota Corolla with registration number N6646RU, which was allegedly used to commit the crime, was also impounded.