Alleged habitual robber goes on trial in September

19 Jul 2013 13:24
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) - A man who stands accused of terrorising residents of the Okuryangava residential area and surrounding squatter camps by committing a number of serious crimes in the area between November 2009 and April 2010, will go on trial in the High Court here in September this year.
Pinias Kashawa made his first appearance in the Windhoek High Court before Judge-President Petrus Damaseb on Thursday when his alleged robbery, theft and rape case was remanded until 24 September this year for the start of the trial.
The 35-year-old Kashawa, as per a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet, faces 21 counts of serious charges ranging from housebreaking, theft, assault, rape, attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
According to the charge sheet, Kashawa faces three counts of housebreaking with an intent to rob and robbery, two counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, two counts of assault by threats, five counts of rape, a count of attempted rape, two counts of attempted murder, a count of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, three counts of pointing of a firearm against people while in a public place, and the last two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The charges of rape and attempted rape are being dealt with by the court under the provisions of the Combating of Rape Act (Act Eight) of 2000.
It is alleged that accused Kashawa initially broke into a house in the Okuryangava residential area near Ombakata Street on 25 November 2009, where he stole some cash, two mobile phones and a pistol.
He then used the stolen pistol to commit the other crimes of rape and robbery.
It is stated that accused Kashawa has been terrorising, threatening and been on a rape and robbery spree in the Okuryanagava residential area and surrounding informal settlements from 25 November 2009 until 17 April 2010.
He was finally cornered and arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force' (NamPol) Serious Crime Unit.
Kashawa remains in police custody at the Wanaheda Police Station in Katutura since his arrest in April 2010 with no option to post bail.
He returns to the Windhoek High Court on 24 September this year for the start of the trial.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Ndapewa-Omagano Shipopyeni, acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry of Directorate of Legal Aid, will defend accused Kashawa during trial.
State Advocate Palmer Khumalo will handle the prosecution's case during trial.