Mostert remanded in custody for police investigations

12 Apr 2016 19:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 12 APR (NAMPA) - The farmer accused of possession of machine guns, hand grenades and 10 000 rounds of ammunition without licences on his farm in the Otjozondjupa Region, was denied bail in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Magistrate Helvi Shilemba on Tuesday said Johannes Mostert’s bail application was unsuccessful because police investigations are ongoing.
He is expected to appear in court on 20 April 2016, the initial date given to him on his first court appearance, for continuation of trial.
He faces charges for possession of illegal firearms, possession of ammunition without a license, possession of hand grenades without a permit and contravention of the explosive Act of Namibia.
Mostert also faces a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) which was instituted by his 53-year-old ex-wife.
He is being represented in court by Windhoek-based lawyer, Willem Hendrik Visser, who said during court proceedings that out of 15 guns found in Mostert’s possession, seven were inherited along with Farm Swartmodder from his father who died in 2002.
Visser said four other guns out of the 15 confiscated guns were licensed under Mostert’s name, which the police also admitted in court.
The lawyer said his client intends to plead guilty on the four remaining hunting rifles and ammunition, because Mostert’s friend had left those at his farm.
On hand grenades and explosives, Mostert said no dangerous hand grenade(s) was found at his house or explosives, adding that he knows only of smoke grenades which were also confiscated by the police.
Mostert was born in Windhoek and worked as a police officer in the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF) from 1983 until 1991.
He was arrested on 04 February 2016 after handing himself over to the Otjiwarongo Police Station.