Court grants bail to NamPost employees on fraud charges

22 May 2017 14:30pm
ONDANGWA, 22 MAY (NAMPA) - Two of the three NamPost employees in the Oshikoto Region, who allegedly stole about N.dollars 38 500 belonging to a pensioner, were Monday granted bail in their first appearance in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court.
Toini Hamutenya, Martha Ekaku and Priska Amunyela were arrested last week for allegedly withdrawing the total amount from 67-year-old Hileni Mwalwa's NamPost savings account in February and March this year.
Hamunyela and Ekaku were employees at the Onankali branch, while Amunyela was employed at the one in Omuthiya.
After the arrest, the Police released Ekaku on a warning because she is reportedly pregnant.
The women appeared before Magistrate Petrus Nangula on a charge of fraud.
Nangula opposed the State's request to deny the two accused bail.
“The court is unsatisfied about this decision, seeing as all three are all facing the same crime but one was released on a warning, despite her condition,” Nangula noted.
Hamunyela and Amunyela were granted bail of N.dollars 1 000 each, on condition that they do not interfere with the complainant or police investigations and do not go near their places of employment.
The women have been suspended from employment while investigations are underway.
The case was postponed to 20 July for further investigations and legal aid applications for Hamunyela and Ekaku, who opted for State-sponsored defence. Amunyela chose a private lawyer.
The State was represented by Prosecutor Bruna Muterembi.