07 Oct 2013 06:10
WINDHOEK, 07 OCT (NAMPA) The three men who are accused of robbing and killing the owner of HAMS Security company during an armed robbery in Windhoek's Northern Industrial Area in November 2009, have all denied ever being involved in the alleged incidents.
The trio, Otjiwarongo resident Fillipus Shishiveni Nomongula, 32, Willem Kawulefelwa Valombola, 38, and Toivo Kashipolo, 31, are each facing six charges in connection with the death of Andries de Jager, the owner of HAMS Security company.
De Jager was fatally shot during an alleged armed robbery along Iscor Street on 02 November 2009.
The three accused persons denied their involvement in the case, when they each entered pleas of not guilty to a count of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder, discharge of a firearm in a public place, illegal possession of a firearm (.38 special revolver) without having a valid licence to possess such a firearm as well as illegal possession of various unspecified amounts of ammunition without having firearms capable of firing such ammunition.
They entered their not guilty pleas in accordance with the instructions of their government-sponsored defence lawyers Christian Nambahu, Petrus Elago and Monty Karuaihe.
Each of the three accused also decided to exercise their Constitutional right to remain silent and did not disclose the basis of their own defence. They will have to do so at a later stage during the course of the trial.
Valombola is free on bail, while Kashipolo and Nomongula remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells.
According to a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet, De Jager, 68, was allegedly shot when he and one of his security guards were attacked by three robbers upon their return from a bank, where they had gone to collect money to pay the wages of HAMS Security employees on that fateful day.
An amount of N.dollars 172 488.10 was alleged stolen from the two victims during the alleged armed robbery.
A shoot-out ensued between the robbers and the security guard, and one of the robbers was wounded in the process.
The one suspected robber was arrested at the scene, and the stolen cash was all recovered by the Namibia Police Forces (NamPol) Serious Crime Unit who had rushed to the scene that day.
The trial, which began Monday before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute, continues on Tuesday.