Walvis court employee released on bail

22 Aug 2013 11:30
WALVIS BAY, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – The Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court employee accused of fraud was released from custody on Wednesday after her bail application succeeded.
The 36-year-old Johanna Noreses stands accused on charges of contravening Section 43 Sub-section 1 of the Anti-Corruption Act, as well as defeating and/or obstructing the course of justice and theft, alternatively fraud.
She appeared before Magistrate Ray Nelson and was granted bail of N.dollars 10 000. The matter was adjourned until 16 September this year.
Noreses was allegedly found in possession of 1 180 traffic tickets and 300 Warrants of Arrest for traffic violations last week.
The matter attracted a lot of attention, as the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court was closed last Wednesday, with both members of the public and court officials denied entry to the building.
The closure of the court building resulted in all court proceedings being halted for the day.
Speculation was rife on Wednesday that the lead State witness who was meant to testify in the bail application hearing had gone missing, which might have led to bail being granted to the accused.
Noreses was represented by Windhoek-based defence lawyer Sisa Namandje, while State Prosecutor Hezekiel Iipinge appeared on behalf of the State.