Investigations into Ramakhutla's death not yet complete

29 Aug 2013 08:40
WINDHOEK, 29 AUG (NAMPA) - Investigations into the case of three Windhoek City Police officers arrested in April this year in connection with an assault that allegedly resulted in the death of 17-year-old Mandela Ramakhutla, have not yet been concluded.
This was officially confirmed by Public Prosecutor George Mahoney when the three police officers, Elia Nakale, Werner Johannes Shikekela and Kleofas Shikalepo Kapalanga (ages not given), made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
The trio's case was postponed to 09 October this year in order to allow the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to complete their investigations into the alleged murder.
Initially, the suspects were charged with assault, but this charge was changed to murder following the death of the 17-year-old boy.
The three police officers are free on bail of N.dollars 3 000 each, and it was extended by Windhoek Magistrate Hileni Kavara today.
Windhoek-based defense lawyer Orben Sibeya is representing the accused.
The late Ramakhutla was arrested on 16 April this year on suspicion of theft, and was allegedly brutally assaulted by the three officers who had arrested him earlier that day.
The 17-year-old boy was suspected of having stolen laptops from an office building in the capital three weeks prior to his arrest.
Ramakhutla died in the Katutura State Hospital's Intensive Care Unit on 24 April 2013, a day after the three police officers were released on bail on the initial assault charge.