Grootfontein Woermann robbery suspects plead on Tuesday

20 Jun 2016 16:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 20 JUN (NAMPA) - The men arrested at Grootfontein when they were found allegedly cutting open a safe inside Woermann Brock supermarket last Wednesday, are expected to plead in court on Tuesday.
Petrus Kandonga Shikongo, 38; Shipopyeni Petrus, 39; Michael Mapeni Shilongo, 38; and 40-year-old Malakia Nekale face a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal.
They made their first court appearance on Friday before Grootfontein Magistrate Stanley Tembwe, who remanded them in custody for further police investigations.
Tembwe did not ask the men to plead.
He explained their legal right to engage a private lawyer of their choice, apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid or defend themselves in court.
They opted to conduct their own defence and indicated that they want to submit a plea on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Mwala Mukasa represented the State in the matter.
The four accused are all residents of Grootfontein and were arrested after they were caught red-handed, apparently trying to cut open a safe that contained more than N.dollars 44 000.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa at the time of their arrest that the accused have previous records of armed robbery and theft in and around Grootfontein District.
The four men on Wednesday at approximately 03H00 allegedly entered the supermarket through the roof and cut the safe open halfway before the arrest of three inside the shop.
Nekale was arrested at his residence the same day.
Police investigations continue.