Otjinene Swapo coordinator in court for cattle theft

06 Mar 2018 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – Swapo Party coordinator for Otjinene in the Omaheke Region, Asaria Tjingaete on Monday appeared in the Otjinene Magistrate’s Court on charges of stock theft.
This was his second appearance in court in less than a month on charges of stock theft.
Warrant officer Friedel Geiseb of the Namibian Police Force, who stood in for the prosecutor, told Nampa the 43-year-old Tjingaete’s case was postponed to 06 April for further investigations. He was granted bail of N.dollars 3 000.
Geiseb explained that the Criminal Procedure Act allows for the stand-in arrangement in the event that the prosecutor is not available.
Monday’s appearance was linked to the theft of a bull Tjingaete allegedly attempted to sell on auction.
The owner of the bull recognised the animal, Geiseb said.
In his previous appearance a few weeks ago, Tjingaete and his co-accused, Reino Pendi, 24, were released on bail of N.dollars 2 000 each.
In that instance, it was alleged that Tjingaete appropriated a calf that did not belong to him and put his ear tags and brand mark on it and sold it.
He had allegedly instructed Pendi, a cattle herder who works for the complainant in the matter, to steal the calf and take it to his residence located about 10 kilometres from the complainant’s residence in the Otjinene Constituency.
Tjingaete is also a member of the Otjinene Village Council.