Drug dealer suspect cries as court denies his crew bail

27 Aug 2018 17:00pm

A British national who is resident in South Africa and is co-accused in a N$200 000 drug bust, cried in the Windhoek Magistrate’s court last week when the judge refused him and his three bail because they were flight risks.
Visibly shaken by the prospect of having to stay holed up in a Namibian jail, Lee Douglass Jenkins wept in front of public prosecutor Rowan van Wyk.
“Prison is terrible man. We are eating pap with hands,” he whined while his mates tried to calm him down.
Jenkins together with a South African national, Wesley Welgemoed, allegedly came to Namibia to sell drugs to a Namibian national, Buruxa Buru Bukus.
Jenkins allegedly admitted that he wanted to raise money for his family but later testified that he had come to Namibia to clear his mind off after his father's death.
Bukus, who is engaged to the German, Werner Salzmann, one of the accused, who is on a 90-day visiting visa, allegedly admitted to being a cocaine addict and has a previous conviction.
A drug law enforcement unit and investigating officer said Bukus admitted that all the drugs were his, while his fiancée who was home at the time of the arrest indicated that she was not aware of the drugs.
 The officer also indicated that Jenkins admitted to having brought the drugs to Bukus.
On the day of the bust, Bukus and crew were driving for an outing when the police stopped them and escorted back to his Klein Windhoek residence were an assortment of drugs and an unlicensed firearm were discovered.
A police crime report said that the drugs varied from Skunk, MDMA, LSD, Ecstacy, Shrooms also known as magic mushrooms, cocaine, cat, schedule 5 medicines, steroids and needles.
In her plea for bail, Bukus’ fiancée, Salzmann said jail was no right place for her as she intended to marry him and settle and further pointed out that she was taking care of his child.
She wants to plead not guilty.
Bukus is an employed IT expert with a metric certificate and earns N$25 000 and between N$3 000 to N$5 000 from side jobs.
The judge refused him bail on condition that although he was not a flight risk, he has a propensity to re-offending given that he has a previous conviction of the same nature.
He wants to plead not guilty in the case and has indicated that he has been to rehabilitation to try to quell down his addiction problem.
Jenkins is a grade 12 student who thinks that being in jail would interfere with his school assignments which his mother has so far arranged that he does online.
Welgemoed stays in Port Elizabeth is single with no child and is pursuing a B. Com majoring in Business management and also wants to plead not guilty.