Alleged killer cops back in court on Wednesday

04 Feb 2014 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) - Three City Police officers arrested in April last year in connection with an alleged assault which led to the death of 17-year-old Mandela Ramakhutla, will reappear in the Magistrate's Court here on Wednesday.
Elia Nakale, Werner Johannes Shikekela and Kleofas Shikalepo Kapalanga (ages not provided) previously appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Hileni Kavara on 29 October 2013, and their case was afterwards postponed to 05 January this year to allow the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to bring the case docket before court.
The three suspects were initially charged with assault, but this charge was changed to murder after the boy’s death.
The late Ramakhutla was arrested on 16 April 2013 on suspicion of theft, and was later allegedly brutally assaulted by the three officers.
He was suspected of having stolen laptops from an office building in the capital three weeks prior to his arrest.
Ramakhutla died in the Katutura State Hospital's Intensive Care Unit on 24 April 2013, a day after the three police officers were released on bail on the initial assault charge.
The accused remain free on bail of N.dollars 3 000 each.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Orben Sibeya is representing the trio.