Three stock theft suspects to appear in Angolan Court

01 Aug 2013 07:40
RUNDU, 01 AUG (NAMPA) - Three suspects arrested for allegedly stealing 14 heads of cattle from Namibia and driving them into Angola early this week, will be tried in Angola.
The cattle were recovered following a tip-off from a villager at the Kwaki village, situated some 280 kilometres (km) west of Rundu.
The villager informed the police about livestock which were being driven into Angola from Namibia.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers followed the footprints of three suspects, and detained them about 15km into Angola. The cattle's ear tags were removed by cutting off the ears with sharp objects.
Two of the suspects are Angolan nationals, and one is Namibian.
NamPol’s Anti-Stock Theft Unit Commander in the Kavango Region, Detective Inspector Nghishitelwa told this reporter on Thursday Angolan law-enforcement officers arrested the culprits, and will as such deal with them because they were arrested in their territory.
Nghishitelwa explained that the suspects are currently being held at the Kayira police station in Angola, from where they will be transported to the Minonge Magistrate’s Court where they will appear on several charges of stock theft.
The 14 heads of cattle have not yet been identified by their rightful owners, and are currently being kept at the Katwitiwi border post which Namibia shares with Angola.
The suspects’ names are known, but cannot be released as they are yet to appear in court.