//Garoës appears in court for smashing police car window

24 Dec 2013 15:50pm
OKAHANDJA, 24 DEC (NAMPA) – Community activist Belinda //Garoes, who was arrested on Saturday for smashing a police car window and resisting arrest, has been remanded in custody but will be allowed to apply for bail.
She appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Khaepriums Swartz on Tuesday, facing charges of malicious damage to property, attempted arson, contempt of court and resisting arrest. .
During her appearance, Magistrate Swartz said the case would be postponed until 21 January 2014 for investigations to be completed and for all relevant statements to be gathered.
He added that there was no state prosecutor to answer on behalf of the state, and the postponement would also allow for the state to assign such a prosecutor.
//Garoes was represented by Lawyer Gilroy Kasper in a courtroom fully packed with family members and friends who came to hear the court's ruling.
The Office of the Inspector-General had instructed members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Okahandja to transfer //Garoes to Windhoek for safety reasons and for fear that she might instigate the holding of a demonstration in front of the NamPol and municipal offices in Okahandja.
But Swartz turned down the request for //Garoes’ transfer, saying: “This case is in the jurisdiction of the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court, therefore it will remain under this jurisdiction.”