Brakwater heist trial sees another postponement

09 Jun 2015 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) - The continuation of the trial of two men implicated in the December 2005 cash-in-transit heist has been put on hold until 07 September this year.
The heist, involving N.dollars 5,7 million, was carried out in the Brakwater area north of Windhoek on 27 December 2005.
The two men are Jan Julius, who was the driver of the security services' van from which the money was allegedly stolen, and Okuryangava resident George Jambeinge.
They made a brief appearance before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute on Tuesday morning when their case was put on hold until 07 September 2015 because prosecution representative, State Advocate Carol-Ann Esterhuizen was not feeling well.
The accused persons' State-sponsored defence lawyer, George Neves, did not raise any objection against the postponement.
Julius and Jambeinge 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 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 Tuesday 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, 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.