12 Aug 2019 14:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 12 AUG (NAMPA) The 10 people charged with illegal hunting and possession of game meat at Kalkfeld settlement, made their first court appearance on Monday in the Otjiwarongo Magistrates Court.
Benny Tsaeb, 32, Dolph Mutirakuti, 20, Rivaldo Kamuhake, 20, Michael Ameb, 20, a 16-year-old (name withheld as he is a minor), Bentley Poppas, 26, Alex Kangombe, 18, and Ewald Kamaturiri, 32, all appeared on a charge of illegal hunting, while Katrina Amadhila, 31, and Petrus Nangolo, 33, appeared on charges of possessing four Oryx carcasses.
The eight illegal hunting accused appeared in the B court before magistrate Ivette Fredericks, where each indicated they would conduct their own defence, while the other two charged for possession of game meat without a valid permit appeared in the A court of magistrate Eduard Kesslau.
The duo opted to conduct their own defences in court during trial as well.
Tsaeb, Mutirakuti, Kamuhake, Ameb, Poppas, Kangombe and Kamaturiri were granted bail of N.dollars 3 000, while the minor was released on warning, and all are expected to return to court on Tuesday for possible plea.
Amadhila and Nangolo were remanded in custody on the grounds that the police investigation in the matter had just begun. Their case was postponed to 03 October 2019.
Prosecutors Anna Amukugo and Joas Neemwatya represented the State.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Saturday told Nampa the nine males and one female were arrested on Friday after a tip-off which led to the recovery of the four carcasses at a house in Kalkfeld.
Mbeha said the recovered meat is estimated to be worth N.dollars 10 800.