Second accused in game farm burglary denied bail at Outjo

19 Sep 2019 17:50pm
OUTJO, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – The second suspect in the case of a game farm outside Outjo being robbed of items valued at over N.dollars 103 million, was denied bail on Tuesday after making his first appearance in the Outjo Magistrate’s Court.
Elias Heita Mweutwikange, 30, who was arrested in August in Windhoek, alongside co-accused Hofeni Amakali, is accused of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft of 34 rhino horns, money in different currencies, a pair of wedding rings and three firearms from the farm.
The value of the items is believed to be N.dollars 103 million.
Making his first court appearance before Outjo Magistrate Peingondjabi Shipo on Tuesday, Mweutwikange was denied bail on the grounds that police investigations are still at an infant stage.
Mweutwikange’s co-accused, Amakali, was also denied bail by the same court during his first appearance on 27 August.
Their case was postponed to 14 October 2019 for further police investigations and to allow Amakali to secure legal representation.
Prosecutors Adjah Nepembe and Sean Nangombe represented the State in the two court proceedings, while magistrate Immanuel Udjombala presided over Amakali’s maiden court appearance.
Namibian Police Force crime investigations coordinator for the Otjozondjupa Region, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas in an interview with Nampa on 13 August said a 58-year-old farm owner who is licensed by Government to keep rhino horns after dehorning was the complainant.
Andreas said the farmer only discovered on 11 August that his house was broken into and the 34 rhino horns, money in various currencies, wedding rings and his firearms stolen from a safe inside the house.
“The owner suspects the burglary might have happened during 09 and 11 August when he was not at home,” said Andreas.