Rhino poaching accused granted bail at Outjo

19 Jul 2019 17:00pm
OUTJO, 19 JUL (NAMPA) - The Outjo Magistrate’s Court Friday granted bail of N.dollars 18 000 to a 32-year-old man linked to the alleged poaching of rhinos on a private game farm in the Outjo District in December 2018.
The bail applicant, George Nanyeni, and his co-accused Petrus Shihepo Shimuningeni, 35; Penteconsta Ruhuzu, 25; Nghinomenwa Hangula, 26; and 27-year-old Dimbulukeni Tileinge, were all arrested in February this year at different places in the country.
The five accused allegedly killed a female white rhino valued at more than N.dollars 500 000, and an adult male black rhino valued at N.dollars 800 000 on a private game farm near the Etosha National Park.
Magistrate Immanuel Udjombala on Friday passed a ruling in favour of Nanyeni’s bail application with conditions, including that he reports to the Ondangwa Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Udjombala also ruled that Nanyeni should not travel outside the Oshana Region without the authorisation of the police and should surrender his passport and not apply for any travel documents until his case is finalised.
During the bail hearing last Wednesday and Thursday, Enkali told the court Nanyeni is innocent and knows nothing about the rhino poaching he was accused of by the State.
“He also has a family obligation as a breadwinner to support his two young siblings and a village house under his care situated in northern Namibia,” Enkali told court.
Public prosecutor, Johannes Kalipi, strongly objected to the granting of bail citing enough evidence pointing to Nanyeni as a key syndicate member in the poaching of rhinos in the country.
Kalipi said if Nanyeni gets bail, it is likely that he will commit the same crime again as he is also linked to three other similar pending cases.
He said the carcasses of the two poached rhinos were found on the farm with their horns removed.
A hunting rifle, 17 live bullets and N.dollars 7 000 suspected to have been proceeds of the crime, were also found during the police investigations of this case and were confiscated.
The four other accused in this case are remanded in police custody at Outjo.