Two in court after stealing cattle from Botswana

26 Jul 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) – Two men who are accused of stealing a cow and a calf from Botswana appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of cattle theft.
Michael Karuuomber, 33 and Kito Maasdorp, 35 appeared before Magistrate Godfried Chazande who postponed the case to 31 July for plea.
State Prosecutor Marshal Hoaeb who represented the State, objected to the accused persons being granted bail as the investigations are still being conducted.
The duo allegedly stole a cow and a calf from Botswana and was caught by members of the community in the Otjombinde Constituency who handed them to the Namibia police at Talismanus.
According to Police Regional Commander in Omaheke, Commissioner Josephat Abel the accused persons escaped from where they were kept, but were re-arrested.
He told Nampa that when the two men were first brought to the police station there were no charges laid against them until they were re-arrested.
Abel told Nampa that the two men allegedly escaped because the police at the Talismanus police station were dragging their feet in assisting the community complainants.
“I will make sure that these police officers are dealt with accordingly as this is very unacceptable for them to act as such,” Abel told this reporter.
Abel said although police facilities at Talismanus need attention that should not be an excuse for officers not attending to cases brought to them.
He said the cow and calf are with the police and will be taken back to the owner, a certain Mr Peacock in Botswana.
He assured the veterinary office in Gobabis that the cow and calf do not carry the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
The regional police head thanked the community police for a job well done in assisting the police.