Karibib man arrested with two cattle carcasses
18 Feb 2017 12:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 18 FEB (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay last week arrested a 34-year-old man for being in possession of suspected stolen meat.
The suspect, Alfa Kaputara from Karibib was caught in Kuisebmond last Saturday with two cattle carcasses worth about N.dollars 8 000 in total in a vehicle he was driving.
NamPol Inspector Jeffrey Urib told reporters on Friday Kaputara transported the carcasses all the way from Otjiwarongo without a permit
He could also not provide proof that the slaughtered animals belonged to him or he bought the carcasses legally.
The ears of the animals were cut off and as such, NamPol suspects the thieves got rid of the ear tags so that the owners could not identify their animals.
The inspector said the hides were also not recovered because the suspect said they were sold.
Urib said when asked who the rightful owner of the carcasses was, the suspect referred the police to someone else.
That person brought the ear tags from an animal, which according to another farmer, belonged to him but died of drought, said Urib.
He added this man who apparently tried to mislead the police might be arrested.
Urib thanked the public who tipped off the police about the suspected criminal dealings and asked them to continue doing so.
He called on farmers who lost cattle to bring proof to the police to identify the heads of the slaughtered animals if they believe the animals belonged to them.
Kaputara last Monday appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrates Court where he was granted bail of N.dollars 5 000.
His case was postponed to 05 April.