Poachers in Oshakati court

04 Dec 2017 19:20pm
OSHAKATI, 04 NOV (NAMPA) – Three suspected poachers, who were arrested at a temporary roadblock of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) near Omungwelume settlement in the Ohangwena Region on Friday, made their first court appearance at Oshakati on Monday.
Petrus Mashuna and Frans Kiinge, both 35 years of age, as well as 21-year-old Leonard Ndapo, appeared before magistrate Mikka Namweya in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court, who postponed their case to 12 January 2018 for further investigations.
They are detained in the NamPol holding cells at Omungwelume until their next court appearance, as Namweya could not grant them bail.
The trio faces the charge of possession of specially protected wildlife, after NamPol officers on Friday searched their vehicle at the said roadblock and found two fresh rhino horns in their vehicle.
Spokesperson of NamPol in the region, Sergeant Abner Kaume Iitumba told Nampa on Monday that Mashuna, Kiinge and Ndapo were travelling from the Omusati Region to Oshikango.
“I think Oshikango is where they have their source of money for the horns,” Iitumba noted.
Ndapo is believed to be a resident of Iitapa village in Omusati and Mashuna and Kiinge are all from Uusathima village, also in the Omusati Region.
Those villages are situated near the Etosha National Park, where the poaching of rhinos has become incessant.
The trio indicated that they will conduct their own defence in their trial. Public prosecutor Mpule Siyomunji appeared for the State.