Former Koës Village Council employee denied bail

10 Apr 2019 18:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 10 APR (NAMPA) – A 37-year-old man arrested on Monday after he allegedly defrauded the Koës Village Council of over N.dollars 500 000 was denied bail in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Jacobus Uirab made his first court appearance before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed the case to 22 May this year for further police investigations and to allow the accused to acquire a legal representative.
Uirab was denied bail because the State fears he might interfere with police investigation and because he faces serious charges.
It is also not in the public interest or in the interest of the administration of justice for bail to be granted.
Mungunda then explained to the accused his right to bring forth a formal bail application.
Uirab faces charges of fraud, forgery and use of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.
During the court hearing on Wednesday, the accused indicated that he will acquire a private lawyer.
The State was represented by Joas Neemwatya.
Uirab was remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police holding cells until his next court appearance.
While he was working as acting accountant at the council, Uirab allegedly unlawfully and intentionally created fictitious transactions to mislead the council and forged documents, submitted it to financial institutions and received cash in return.
It is further alleged that he tore pages out of face value registers to destroy evidence and used the motor vehicle belonging to the council without authority.
It suspected that the crimes were committed between 03 April 2018 and 04 February this year.