Five arrested with cannabis back in court at Keetmanshoop

11 Jul 2019 15:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 11 JUL (NAMPA) - The laboratory results in a case of five men arrested with cannabis worth N.dollars 1.8 million in their possession in April this year, were not available when they appeared in court here on Thursday.
George Kangootui, 45; Johannes Brandt, 38; Rudolf Witbooi, 42; Lluweln Joseph, 33; and Vitjuukuaije Tjitemisa, 22; made their second appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Olivia Van der Colff who postponed their case to 28 August for laboratory results and to allow the accused persons to acquire legal aid.
During their first court appearance on 23 April this year, the accused persons were denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage and because it is not in the public interest for bail to be granted.
The State was represented by Marlon Adams.
Tjitemisa is out on bail while Kangootui, Brandt, Witbooi and Joseph remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police holding cells pending their next court appearance.
The accused persons were arrested between Keetmanshoop and Tses on 18 April 2019 with cannabis weighing 216 kilogrammes.
They were arrested 22 kilometres outside Keetmanshoop by police officers who were heading to court in Keetmanshoop. The police became suspicious when they saw items being loaded from the truck into two smaller cars.
The police also confiscated N.dollars 19 000 from the accused.
One of the accused was driving the truck that entered Namibia from South Africa through the Ariamsvlei border post.