Lawyer appears as accused and defender on same day

13 Aug 2013 06:20
SWAKOPMUND, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – A lawyer appeared in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on a charge of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance, and soon afterwards changed into his court attire to represent a client on a similar charge.
Defence lawyer Wilfred Ahrens was also charged with common assault and assault by threat.
He made his first appearance before Magistrate Nelao Brown here on Monday, and represented himself in the matter.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol’s) Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa told Nampa on enquiry that Ahrens was arrested on Saturday after he was caught driving under the influence by a Swakopmund municipal traffic officer in this tourist town.
Kashuupulwa said the lawyer allegedly assaulted the traffic officer by threatening him.
He was granted bail of N.dollars 4 000 for the driving offence, and N.dollars 1 000 for both charges of common assault and assault by threat.
The matter was postponed to 15 October this year, pending further investigations.
Immediately after he made his court appearance, Ahrens changed into his black lawyer’s robe and appeared in defence of his client, Nikolai Niederneter, who also stands accused of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance.
Niederneter was granted bail of N.dollars 4 000, and his case was postponed to 16 October 2013.
(NAMPA)
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