Fifth farmer accused of possessing unlicensed guns

23 May 2016 13:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - A 50-year-old farmer accused of keeping unlicensed guns and unauthorised ammunition on his farm near Kalkfeld appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court Monday morning.
Georg Engelhard was arrested on Thursday at a hunting farm situated approximately seven kilometres south of the Kalkfeld settlement in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The police found three unlicensed guns, 276 bullets, military binoculars and Koevoet uniforms on the farm.
Engelhard is charged with possessing unlicensed hunting rifles and unauthorised ammunition.
Magistrate William Kasitomo on Monday explained to Engelhard his legal right to apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Department, represent himself in court or engage a private lawyer of his choice.
Engelhard opted to hire a private lawyer.
His case was then postponed to 07 July 2016 for further police investigations and to allow Engelhard to obtain legal representation.
He was not asked to plead in the matter, and was remanded in police custody.
Engelhard indicated interest to file a formal bail application in due course.
Prosecutor Johannes Nunuheb represented the State.
Engelhard’s arrest, along with that of Schalk Burger Willem Oosthuizen arrested for a similar offence last week, brings the total number of farmers arrested for possession of unlicensed weapons and ammunition in the region since February this year to five.
Oosthuizen was arrested as he had unlicensed hunting rifles and unauthorised live bullets in his possession.
Early February this year, 15 firearms, 10 000 rounds of ammunition and military uniforms were confiscated from farmer Johannes Mostert in the Otjozondjupa Region, and later the same month Willem Maritz from Hochfeld was also arrested for possession of shotguns, assault rifles and ammunition without a permit.
Mid-April, Norman Alexander Campbell was apprehended when police found a total of 201 rounds of ammunition for a light machine gun on his farm in Otjozondjupa.
Meanwhile, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute on Friday told Nampa the police will continue to work with community members in connection with illegal activities related to keeping unlicensed guns and ammunition.