Mostert's bail hearing postponed to Monday

31 Mar 2016 10:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 31 MAR (NAMPA) - The bail application hearing for the man accused of keeping machine guns, hand grenades and 10 000 rounds of ammunition at his farm near the Osire Refugee Resettlement Farm, was postponed to Monday.
Johannes Mostert, 53, made his third court appearance for a bail application hearing before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Helvi Shilemba on Wednesday.
The bail application entered court on Tuesday and continued to Wednesday, when he was informed that the bail hearing was postponed on request of the State.
It was also announced that a charge of contravening the Prevention and Combating of Terrorist and Proliferation Activities Act was removed from the charge sheet.
Mostert faces charges for possession of illegal firearms, possession of ammunition without a licence, possession of hand grenades without a permit and contravention of the Explosives Act of Namibia.
He also faces a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), instituted by his ex-wife.
Mostert was arrested at his farm on 04 February 2016.
The recovered military equipment include 15 guns (AK47s, R1s, R5s and hunting rifles), hand grenades, military gear of the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF), South West African Police Force (SWAPF), and Swapo People's Liberation Army of Namibia (Plan).
Mostert was born in Windhoek and worked as a police officer in the SWATF from 1983 until 1991.
He is represented by Windhoek-based lawyer, Willem Hendrik Visser.
Visser informed the court during the bail hearing that out of the 15 guns which were found in possession of Mostert, eight of them were inherited with Farm Swartmodder from his father who died in 2002.
Farm Swartmodder is situated approximately 135 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Visser said the eight guns are legally licensed.
Control Public Prosecutor, Lewis Chigunwe represented the State in the matter.
(NAMPA)
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