25 Jan 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) - The second suspect of three men who in November 2015 allegedly robbed a Pionierspark Total Service Station of about N.dollars 170 000 in cash, was on Monday refused bail.
The suspected robber, Jesaya Haule Kamulu (age not mentioned), made his appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances under Windhoek Magistrate Celma Ndapewa Amdadhila.
Public Prosecutor, Erastus Hatutale strongly objected to the granting of bail on the grounds that the suspected robbers in the commission of the offence on 24 November 2015 used firearms.
The other reason for the objection to the granting of bail to Kamulu was that the alleged robber might abscond from Namibia to neighbouring countries once released on bail in order to evade prosecution.
Hatutale also argued that it would not be in the interest of the public and administration of justice for the accused to be released on bail at this point in time while police investigations are still ongoing.
Magistrate Amadhila informed Kamulu of his constitutional right to bring a formal bail application before court in the next few days if he wants to be released on bail.
Kamulu has now been added in the case as the second accused person with accomplice, Iita Nillenge, who surrendered himself to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Serious Crime Investigations Unit days after the alleged robbery took place.
A third suspected robber is still on the run.
Niilenge is the owner of the vehicle used in the alleged robbery.
Kamulu was arrested over the past few days.
Profiles provided by Windhoek City Police in November last year (2015) show that Niilenge has five pending criminal cases.
He has another case of robbery at Outapi in Omusati Region, two housebreaking cases in Windhoek, a case of kidnapping and assault with intent of grievous bodily harm as well as a case of pointing of firearm.
The third suspected robber who is on the run has an armed robbery case pending against him, while Kamulu also has a case of armed robbery pending.
Both Kamulu and Niilenge return to the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on 24 February 2016 as the case was on Monday adjourned until the aforesaid date for further police investigations.