Police still in search of two Shoprite U$ave robbery suspects

14 Mar 2018 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police are still searching for two men who attempted to rob Shoprite U$ave supermarket in Katutura last Monday.
Namibian Police Force spokesperson, Inspector Pendukeni Haikali told Nampa upon enquiry on Wednesday the search is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, two suspects - Petrus Akapala, 38, and Elifas Amutenya, 47 - arrested at the scene on the same day, were refused bail when they made their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on 07 March 2018.
On that day, Public Prosecutor Muriel van Zyl objected to the granting of bail because of the serious nature of the offence, the fact that the two men each have previous similar criminal offences pending and because there is a high risk of them re-offending.
Other reasons for the refusal of bail were fear that the two accused might interfere with the police investigations and that it will not be in the public interest or the administration of justice to release them on bail.
However, Magistrate Bernedine Kubersky informed the accused of their constitutional rights to bring a formal bail application before court as soon as possible if they want to be released on bail.
Akapala and Amutenya informed the court that they will conduct their own defence and enter not guilty pleas to all the charges against them during future court proceedings and when the trial proper begins.
Their case was, thereafter, remanded until 18 May 2018 for further police investigations.
They face charges of armed robbery; illegal possession of firearms without licences; illegal possession of ammunition and assault and attempted murder for exchanging gunfire with the police officers who rushed to the scene of crime.
Three of the seven were apprehended at the scene in the Soweto residential area, while two others were shot and injured during the exchange of gunfire.
One of the suspects was shot in the leg. The other suspect, who was shot in the abdomen, died at the Katutura State Hospital later as a result of his injuries.