02 Mar 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) Four 'children of the liberation struggle' arrested for allegedly assaulting a minibus driver until he was unconscious on Sunday, have been refused bail.
Paulus Hamutenya Hailonga, Johannes Kalenga, Ruben Amon and Thobias Andima (ages not mentioned) were refused bail when they made their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura here on Wednesday morning.
Public Prosecutor Maria Andimba strongly objected to the granting of bail due to the serious nature of the charges they face and on the grounds that police investigations in the matter were still at an initial stage.
The four accused all opted to apply to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for State-funded defence lawyers to defend them during future court proceedings.
They appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Desire Kamboua on Wednesday, and their case was remanded until 17 May this year for further police investigations and for them to obtain responses from the Directorate of Legal Aid to their applications for legal representation.
The arrested group faces a host of charges ranging from robbery with aggravating circumstances and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to public violence and malicious damage to property.
The damage to property is estimated at over N.dollars 15 000.
The incident occurred some 10 kilometres north of the capital near the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe farm, where over 400 members of the 'children of the liberation struggle' were moved in December 2015 after having set up illegal squatter camps at the Swapo party headquarters in Katutura since October 2015.
The minibus driver, Likius Nanghalu, 46, is now receiving medical attention at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital for his broken left arm, right hand thumb and frontal bone.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Slogan Matheus said a female member of the 'struggle kids' was dropped off at the camp by the minibus, which had just returned from northern Namibia.
Matheus said her friends were waiting for her at the gate as she had a lot of luggage.
The assistant driver got out of the bus, went to the trailer and handed over her luggage but as they were about to leave, she discovered that one of her bags was still in the bus.
The bus driver and one of the struggle kids started arguing for unknown reasons.
The struggle kids then apparently poured an unknown liquid over the driver and a fight broke out.
He said some of the passengers tried to intervene but they were attacked as well, so they fled.
Some of the drivers and passengers belongings were stolen from the bus and one of the windows broken.