Cash-in-transit suspects in court on Tuesday

08 Jun 2015 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - The continuation of the trial of the two men implicated in a December 2005 cash-in-transit heist is expected to resume in the Windhoek High Court on Tuesday.
The heist, involving N.dollars 5,7 million, was carried out in the Brakwater area outside Windhoek on 27 December 2005.
The two remaining men in the case are Jan Julius, who was the driver of the security services' van from which the money was allegedly stolen, and Okuryangava resident George Jambeinge.
The trial was on 11 December 2014 put on hold until 09 June 2015.
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.
The duo are now the only two suspects left in the case after the court found they have a case to answer to in connection with the 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 businessperson Elikana Nghimwena and Jason Awene; who is better known as 'Kilingi'.
The four were set free on 20 February 2014, 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 that could link the four men to the alleged armed robbery case.
All six men had pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances at the start of the 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 on 11 December 2014 extended until their next court appearance on Tuesday.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has so far recovered N.dollars 3,39 million of the stolen money in South Africa, with 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 Namibia.