14 Jan 2019 16:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 14 JAN (NAMPA) The Swakopmund Magistrates Court on Monday granted bail of N.dollars 5 000 to a Congolese national who made his first appearance on charges of possessing cocaine and two other illegal substances.
David Lorenzo, age unidentified, appeared before Magistrate Conchita Olivier who postponed the case to 15 April, to allow for the results of laboratory tests.
The accused is a refugee who resides in the Osire Refugee Camp in the Otjozundjupa Region and was arrested with drugs worth about N.dollars 4 640 on Saturday at a residence in the Mondesa residential area.
Lorenzo was initially expected to pay N.dollars 10 000 as suggested by the State due to the amount of drugs found in his possession, however Magistrate Olivier decreased it as the accused is unemployed.
The conditions of Lorenzos bail entail travelling back to the camp. He is also expected to report to the Osire police every Monday and Friday between 08h00 and 19h00 until the next court hearing for plea and trial.
Lorenzo opted for a private lawyer to represent him when he was advised to choose between obtaining the services of a private lawyer, legal aid lawyer through the Ministry of Justices Legal Aid Department, or representing himself.
If you fail to report when expected, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest immediately, Olivier warned.
The court, through Magistrate Olivier, also granted bail of N.dollars 2 000 to 46-year-old Zelda Lourens who was found in possession of cocaine valued at N.dollars 500 Saturday afternoon close to the Swakopmund Airport.
Lourens through her representative Hilya Neshuku of Kinghorn Associates did not object the bail amount.
The case has been postponed to 30 April to allow for laboratory test results.
The state was represented by Prosecutor Latoya Katjitundu in both cases.