No bail for film crew robbery suspects

22 Nov 2017 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) - Two men arrested on Monday in connection with the armed robbery of a production crew that was filming a music video last week in the capital, have been refused bail.
Lotto Haindongo and Johannes Benjamin were refused bail when they made a first appearance before Magistrate Johannes Shuuveni in the Katutura Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
Public Prosecutor, Idda Hertha Itembu objected to the granting of bail because of the seriousness and complexity of the offence and because it would not be in the interest of the public and the administration of justice to release them on bail at the moment.
The accused were informed to each bring a formal bail application before court if they want to be released on bail.
They were also notified of their constitutional rights to legal representation of their own choice during future court proceedings and when trial proper begins.
The case was postponed to 05 March to allow them to apply to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for State-funded legal representation.
Haindongo and Benjamin were both remanded in police custody at the Katutura Police Station's holding cells.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Namibian Police Force Spokesperson, Chief Inspector, Kauna Shikwambi said the two were arrested on Monday afternoon in the Okuryangava residential area of the capital.
All stolen items were recovered and one suspect was found in possession of one of the victims’ wallet.
The alleged robbery happened at around 17h00 in the mountains behind Eros residential area, where five people from Endemic Productions were busy filming a music video.
Six robbers allegedly attacked the crew, making off with valuable items worth over N.dollars 400 000.
Four of the suspects are still at large and police investigations continue.