Rhino horn dealing accused denied bail at Otjiwarongo

11 Sep 2019 19:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – Two accused persons out of four arrested and charged with being in possession and dealing in rhino horn at Otjiwarongo, were on Wednesday denied bail at the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court.
Robertos Ipinge, 33, and Daniel Hango, 28, appeared before magistrate Karel Muyeghu who denied them bail saying it is not in the public’s interest and that of the administration of justice for bail to be granted.
Ipinge and Hango were represented by their private lawyers Tjitja Harases and Samson Enkali, respectively.
Prosecutor Obert Masendeke appeared for the State.
It is alleged that the duo arrested together with Timotheus Kazera, 34, and Gideon Gao-Naseb, 36, on 12 August were found in possession of a rhino horn and three unlicensed firearms and ammunition near the Otjozondjupa Regional Council in Otjiwarongo.
The rhino which was allegedly shot and killed in the Omitara area of the Omaheke Region was valued at N.dollars 500 000.
Ipinge is employed at an electricity company at Otjiwarongo, while Hango works for a government ministry on contract in Windhoek.
Their case was then postponed to 30 September 2019 for further police investigations and they were remanded into custody at the police holding cells at Otjiwarongo.