Third suspect in Ovitoto cattle theft in custody

23 Feb 2017 15:30pm
GOBABIS, 23 FEB (NAMPA) – A third suspect in the theft of livestock in the Ovitoto area in the Otjozondjupa Region handed himself over to the Gobabis Police on 09 February.
Moses Hikopua is one of four suspects in the theft of 14 heads of cattle on 26 January and 01 February.
Deputy Commissioner of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Omaheke, Sara Ueitele told Nampa on Wednesday Hikopua, who is the Swapo-party’s Omatako district coordinator, allegedly fled from Ovitoto after discovering that the other two suspects - Hambeka Unouzeu and Tjiuma Penaije - were arrested.
Hikopua appeared in court on the day that he handed himself over and was granted bail of N.dollars 5 000.
Unouzeu and Penaije appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court earlier this month and were denied bail.
Bail was however granted to them after Hikopua got bail.
All three suspects’ cases were postponed to 06 March.
Unouzeu and Penaije are still in custody as they could not afford to pay bail.
They were arrested at the beginning of February.
A fourth suspect is still at large.
The owner of the 14 cattle, Bishop Nehemia Mupurua, earlier told Nampa the cattle are worth over N.dollars 50 000.