Nubuamis armed robbers remain in custody

27 Dec 2013 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 DEC (NAMPA) – Two of four men accused of an armed robbery at the Mamma Fresh grocery shop in the Nubuamis residential area of Katutura on Monday, have been remanded in custody and will make their next court appearance on 10 March 2014.
Leonard Mwashekele, 38, and Joseph Fillipus, 24, made their first court appearance before Magistrate Elina Nandago on Friday in the Wanaheda Magistrate’s Court.
The two stand accused of attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances and possession of illegal firearms.
Their case was postponed for further investigations, and for the accused to acquire lawyers.
Nandago said the State will not grant the suspects bail due to the seriousness of the charges, and they should remain in custody until their next court appearance.
During their court appearance, the first accused - Mwashekele - said he will conduct his own defense, while the second accused - Fillipus - indicated that he will hire a private lawyer.
The third and fourth suspects are still under police guard at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital after suffering gunshot wounds from police firearms during their failed robbery attempt. The police rushed to the scene of the crime after a tip-off from members of the public.
The suspects opened fire first towards the Namibian Police Force and City Police officers after being warned to surrender themselves.
The four accused persons robbed the grocery shop of a laptop, an undisclosed amount of money from the cash registers, and airtime recharge vouchers.
The suspects also locked up two of the shop's employees in a walk-in fridge.