Docket in Ramakhutla case not brought before court

09 Oct 2013 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) – The case of 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, has been remanded until the end of this month.
Elia Nakale, Werner Johannes Shikekela and Kleofas Shikalepo Kapalanga (ages not given) made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Hileni Kavara on Wednesday, and their case was postponed to 29 October in order to allow members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s investigating team to bring the docket of the case before court.
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, and their bail was also extended until their next court appearance on 29 October this year
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Orben Sibeya is representing the trio, while Public Prosecutor Samantha Diergaardt represented the State today.