Ex-cop charged with stealing drugs to plead in September

27 Jun 2019 15:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - A 35-year-old former police officer arrested and charged with theft after 102 Mandrax tablets went missing from a police laboratory bag here in April this year, will return to court in September to plead.
Elvin Joseph was a member of the Namibian Police Force’s Drug Law Enforcement Subdivision in Keetmanshoop.
He made a second appearance before the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Thursday before Magistrate Olivia van der Colff, who postponed his case to 24 and 25 September 2019 for plea and trial.
Joseph was granted bail of N.dollars 1 500 during his first court appearance on 17 April, indicating on the same day that he would seek the services of a private lawyer.
On Thursday, Joseph informed the court that he has acquired a private lawyer who will be present during his next court appearance.
Another police officer from the same division, Toivo Shikulo, also made a brief appearance before Magistrate Van der Colff on the same charges.
His case was postponed to 15 August for further police investigations.
Shikulo was arrested on 16 April and charged with theft after 31 Mandrax tablets went missing from the laboratory bag in his office.
Shikulo was granted bail of N.dollars 1 000 during his first court appearance on 17 April.
Abel Manyando represented the State in both matters.
The 133 Mandrax tablets went missing from Joseph and Shikulo’s offices between 04 and 12 April 2019.
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