08 Apr 2017 10:30am
RUACANA, 08 APR (NAMPA) The community of Omudhuwahauwanga village in the Omusati Regions Ruacana Constituency on Thursday called on the magistrate's court not to release two men suspected of attacking a local pensioner in February.
Johannes Balakias, 25, and Nambi Jose Zee Cadidi, 28, were arrested separately in February after the 69-year-old Wendelinus Shilunga was attacked at his homestead at Omudhuwahauwanga the night of 17 February.
The community, during a peaceful demonstration held in front of the magistrates court at Ruacana on Thursday appealed to the court not to release the men.
In their petition in possession of this news agency, Omudhuwahauwanga community members said Balakias has several criminal charges against him, ranging from housebreaking and theft to assault through threats and resisting lawful arrest, pending.
We are requesting the Namibian government not to release them, reads the petition.
Balakias and Cadidi face charges of housebreaking and common assault for allegedly invading Shilungas homestead and beating him up.
It is alleged the two intended to rob Shilunga of his Toyota pick-up and a pistol to sell in Angola, where Cadidi is from.
Sergeant Anna Kunga of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Public Relations Unit in the region on Friday confirmed the arrest and court appearance of the pair.
They appeared separately in the magistrates court at Outapi on a charge of housebreaking and common assault on 24 and 28 February and their case has been postponed to 26 June this year for further police investigations, Kunga explained.
Cadidi was arrested on 22 February at Omakange near Opuwo and appeared in court on 24 February, while Balakias was arrested at Okambora settlement near Ruacana on 24 February and appeared in court on 28 February.
Shilunga told Nampa in an interview at Ruacana on Thursday a mobile phone belonging to Balakias that was found at the scene of the incident led to the arrest of the two.