Bail application hearing for accused rhino horn dealers postponed

07 Sep 2019 17:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – A bail application hearing of two accused men out of the four who were arrested in August for alleged possession and dealing in rhino horns at Otjiwarongo, was on Friday postponed to Tuesday for continuation.
The four accused are Robertos Ipinge, 33, Timotheus Kazera, 34, Daniel Hango, 28, and Gideon Gao-Naseb, 36.
They were arrested on 12 August this year after they were allegedly found by undercover police with the freshly sawed off rhino horns at Otjiwarongo.
Ipinge, Kazera, Hango, and Gao-Naseb already appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on 14 August, where their legal right was explained before they were remanded in custody.
On Thursday, two of them - Ipinge and Hango brought their bail applications to court through their privately hired lawyers.
Ipinge was represented by lawyer Tjitja Harases and Hango by Samson Enkali, who told magistrate Carel Muyeghu that their clients should be out on bail with conditions for them to go back to their places of employment while the case progresses.
Ipinge is an employee of an electricity company at Otjiwarongo, while Hango worked in a government ministry on contract in Windhoek, where he is also a student.
The control public prosecutor who represented the State in the matter, Obert Masendeke opposed granting of bail to the two, saying both the applicants are not worthy candidates to be released on bail.
The bail application hearing which started on Thursday continued till late Friday afternoon until the court decided to postpone it to Tuesday for continuation.
“Not even with any conditions attached should your application be considered by this court,” said Masendeke in court on Friday.
Masendeke said the State fears that the two applicants might interfere with the ongoing police investigations in the matter, adding that the accused might also abscond from attending future court proceedings as “they are well aware that they will be found guilty and punished”.
The prosecutor argued that Hango for instance allegedly sponsored the hunting rifles which were used in the shooting of a rhino in the area of Omitara in the Omaheke Region, and has another pending case in Windhoek for the possession of three unlicensed weapons and ammunition found at his residence in the capital.
It was at this stage that the case was postponed to next week, while the duo was ordered to be returned to the police holding cells at Otjiwarongo.