No bail reduction for birth concealment suspect

23 Mar 2015 15:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 23 MAR (NAMPA) – The Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court will not reduce the N.dollars 3 000 bail given to Ester Haundapiti, who is accused of birth concealment at a uranium mine.
In an interview with Nampa on Monday, Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigations' Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner, Ottilie Kashuupulwa confirmed that Haundapiti will not be granted a reduction in a bail that she can’t afford.
She added that Haundapiti, who was supposed to return to court last week for the consideration of bail reduction, never appeared in court and remains in police custody.
“When she manages to pay bail she will be expected to report to the Mondesa Police Station in Swakopmund on a daily basis,” said the commissioner.
Haundapiti, a 21-year-old employee of Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine, allegedly gave birth to a baby in the bathroom at the mine’s accommodation village about two weeks ago but placed the baby in her clothing bag and hid it in her bedroom.
The court granted bail on recommendation of a doctor that Haundapiti had lost a lot of blood after birth and might not survive in custody.
The suspect is currently in the police holding cells at Arandis, as her case is registered with the Arandis Police Station.
Haundapiti’s roommate allegedly caught her red-handed cleaning the bathroom where she is suspected to have delivered the baby. The roommate alerted the management who called the police. It is not clear whether the baby was alive or dead at birth.
Arandis is situated 60 kilometres east of Swakopmund while the Husab mine is located some 22 kilometres south of Arandis.
Haundapiti is expected to appear in court here on 09 April 2015.