Officers arrested for missing Mandrax tablets granted bail

17 Apr 2019 14:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 17 APR (NAMPA) – A 35-year-old police officer arrested on Tuesday and charged with theft after 102 Mandrax tablets went missing from a police laboratory bag, was granted bail in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Elvin Joseph is a member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Drug Law Enforcement Subdivision in Keetmanshoop.
The accused appeared before Magistrate Philanda Christiaan who granted him bail of N.dollars 1 500 on condition that he does not interfere with police investigations and that he does not commit similar offences while on bail.
Christiaan then postponed the case 27 June 2019 for further police investigations and to allow Joseph to apply for legal aid.
During the court hearing on Wednesday, the accused person informed the court that he would acquire the services of a private lawyer.
Another police officer from the same division, 29-year-old Toivo Shikule also made a brief appearance before Christiaan and was granted bail of N.dollars 1 000 on the same conditions as Joseph.
Shikule also informed the court that he would approach a private lawyer.
He was arrested on Tuesday and charged with theft after 31 Mandrax tablets went missing from the laboratory bag in his office.
Joas Neemwatya represented the State in both matters.
NamPol’s //Kharas crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo told Nampa on Tuesday that the 133 Mandrax tablets went missing from the two officers’ offices between 04 April and 12 April this year.
“No force was used to gain entry to the offices, but the tablets disappeared,” Mubebo said.
The missing Mandrax tablets are valued at N.dollars 13 300.
(NAMPA)
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