Three City Police officers back in court Wednesday

08 Oct 2013 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - Three City Police officers arrested in April this year in connection with an assault which allegedly resulted in the death of 17-year-old Mandela Ramakhutla, will reappear in the Magistrate's Court here on Wednesday.
They are scheduled to make another appearance in the Magistrate's Court along Luderitz Street on Wednesday morning.
Elia Nakale, Werner Johannes Shikekela and Kleofas Shikalepo Kapalanga (ages not given) previously appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Hileni Kavara on 29 August this year when their case was postponed to 09 October in order to allow the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to complete their investigations into the alleged murder.
The suspects were initially charged with assault, but this charge was changed to murder after the boy’s death.
The late Ramakhutla was arrested on 16 April this year on suspicion of theft, and was later allegedly brutally assaulted by the three officers.
He was suspected of having stolen laptops from an office building in the capital three weeks prior to his arrest.
Ramakhutla died in the Katutura State Hospital's Intensive Care Unit on 24 April 2013, a day after the three police officers were released on bail on the initial assault charge.
The accused are free on bail of N.dollars 3 000 each.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Orben Sibeya is representing the trio.