Onhokolo attempted armed robbery suspects plead innocent

07 Jan 2014 17:40pm
OSHAKATI, 07 JAN (NAMPA) - Four men accused of attempted armed robbery at the Onhokolo Trading Store at the Oshimwaku village in the Ohangwena Region last week, pleaded not guilty during their court appearance on Tuesday.
Johannes Ndashaala Tuutaleni, 37, Daniel Shapwa Shiningivali, 42, Johannes Malakia Junior, 29, and Johannes Iipinge Kokule, 21, made their brief first court appearance before Magistrate Abel Sankwasa on Tuesday afternoon.
The public prosecutor was Johanna Kefas.
Sankwasa postponed their case to 07 February 2014 for further police investigations while they are remanded in police custody.
However, the four men are expected to appear in court again on the 21st of this month for their formal bail applications.
They are accused of committing an attempted armed robbery at the said store at about 23h00 on Friday last week.
Sergeant Kaume Iitumba of the Public Relations Unit of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Ohangwena Region told Nampa at the weekend that the four suspects exchanged fire with a security guard on duty before fleeing from the scene unhurt.
They fled towards the nearby Ongenga settlement, where they fell into a police trap. Iitumba pointed out that they used a Toyota Corolla to flee from Oshimwaku.
Police arrested two of them in the police trap in the Ongenga settlement vicinity on the same night, while the other two survived that trap, only to be arrested at Onalunkono village near Oshakati the next morning.
According to Iitumba, the police have confiscated the Toyota Corolla as well as two pistols which they allegedly used in the failed armed robbery.
They are now charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of illegal firearms.