Another farmer in court for possession of illegal firearms

23 Feb 2016 09:10am
OTJIWARONGO, 23 FEB (NAMPA) - A 60-year-old farmer in the Hochfeld area appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court Monday afternoon on charges of possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.
Willem Maritz appeared before Okahandja Magistrate Khaeprimus Swartz on charges of threatening, pointing a firearm at his farm worker, possession of firearms, pistols and ammunition without any valid licences.
He appeared in court with no legal representation and indicated that he will engage a private lawyer during his future court appearances.
Maritz was released on bail of N.dollars 4 000, and his case postponed to 14 March 2016 for further police investigations.
Prosecutor Kinda Nangombe represented the State in the matter.
Maritz was arrested on Friday at Farm Voorslag in the Hochfeld area in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Detective Chief Inspector, Naukalemo Andreas told Nampa on Monday that Maritz had on Friday allegedly threatened and pointed a firearm at his farm worker, who later the same day reported the matter to the Hochfeld Police Station.
Andreas said upon searching his farm, the police found and confiscated a variety of firearms, shotguns, assault rifles and ammunition.
At the beginning of this month, a commercial farmer in the same Hochfeld area was arrested and charged for the possession of illegal machine guns, hand grenades and 10 000 rounds of ammunition at his farm near Osire Refugee Resettlement Farm.
Johannes Mostert, 53, is still in police custody at Otjiwarongo after the State added a charge of contravening the Prevention of Combating of Terrorism and Proliferation Activities Act.
Mostert also faces charges of assault and intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which were instituted by his ex-wife.
His bail application hearing is set for 29 and 30 March 2016 in the Otjiwarongo Regional Court.