Two Maltahöhe stock theft accused denied bail

16 Apr 2019 17:50pm
REHOBOTH, 16 APR (NAMPA) – Two men, one an ex-employee of farmer Adolf Klein, arrested last week Wednesday on stock theft charges, made their first appearance at the Maltahöhe Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Former employee Rodrick van der Westhuizen, 22, and Paul Josef, 33, appeared before Assistant Magistrate Hermanus Fleermuys and their case was postponed to next week Tuesday for further police investigations.
It is alleged that Van der Westhuizen went to Farm Hoogtevrede, owned by Klein and where he was previously employed, and gathered five heads of cattle and one Bonsmara calf and drove them to Farm Jakobsrus in the Maltahöhe district.
After the case was reported to the police, the tracks of the cattle led the police to Jakobsrus where they found the cattle ready to be loaded.
The total value of the cattle is N.dollars 72 000.
The police then arrested the two accused, with another two suspects said to be at large.
The accused were denied bail on grounds of investigations being in the early stages.