Suspected rustlers granted bail at Ondangwa

27 Feb 2018 14:20pm
OSHAKATI, 27 FEB (NAMPA) – The Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday granted N.dollars 6 000 bail to each of the six men arrested at Oshakati last week for stock theft.
Sergeant Frieda Shikole of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Public Relations Unit in the Oshana Region on Tuesday confirmed that the suspected rustlers were granted bail following their brief first appearance on Monday.
Shikole named the suspects as Bonifatius Haufiku, 42; Mika Mateus, 24; Ishidulu Rudolf, 21; Simon Gotlieb, 29; Jerry Daniel, 53; and the 25-year-old Kandjulu Salomo Ashipala.
Their case was been postponed to 31 May this year for further police investigations. Oshana NamPol officers, on patrol, arrested the six suspects at Oshakati last Thursday.
Crime Investigations Coordinator in the region, Hilja Haipumbu, told the media at Ondangwa on Friday three of the suspects were found at Oshakati travelling in a pick-up truck loaded with two carcases of suspected stolen cattle at around 02h00.
According to Haipumbu, they were taken to the Oshakati Police Station for interrogation as they could not prove ownership of the carcases when the police asked them to do so.
The rest were arrested later after it was detected that the three were part of a syndicate stealing stray cattle in and around Oshana Region, slaughter them and selling the meat.
“They are all Oshakati residents from the Oshoopala and Oneshila informal settlements,” noted Haipumbu.
She said the police have recovered 17 livestock ear tags, seven hides, two skulls and nine horns, with some of them found hidden in a hole.