Three women in KHP court for fraud
23 Jan 2018 17:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 23 JAN (NAMPA) Three women appeared in an ongoing trial before magistrate Murray Shikongo in the Keetmanshoop Magistrates Court on Monday on charges of fraud involving an estimated N.dollars 324 000.
The accused - Magret Diergaardt, Eugene Fleermuys and Violet Basson - are all former employees of the Lewis furniture store in Keetmanshoop, where the alleged theft of money took place.
The crime was detected in February last year, following an audit at the company.
It is believed that one of the accused, who was the store manager at the time, gave or passed on responsibility to her two cashiers to handle cash for the drop safe.
This is a duty that should be performed by the manager only as per regulations of the company, according to a Namibian Police Force docket on the case.
The money was allegedly embezzled during this process.
All accused are out on bail.
State Prosecutor Atulala Shikalepo informed the court that due to the absence from court of the defence lawyers of the accused, the case should be postponed to 26 March 2018.
Shikongo then postponed the case to that date, explaining to the accused that the date has been agreed upon by the State and the defence counsel for further police investigation, and for the auditors to present a report, financial and bank statements to the court.
Diergaardt is represented by private lawyer Louis le Grange, Fleermuys by Percy McNally and Basson by Norman Tjombe.