Trial of drug mules case delayed until March 2015

WINDHOEK: The trial of two non-Namibian women who were arrested in December 2012 for possession of illicit drugs, will resume on 10 March this year.

The two women – Zimbabwean national Priscilla Masa, 26, and 38-year-old Sisa Heather Buthelezi from South Africa – made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu on Friday.

The magistrate informed the two accused persons that their trial has been postponed to March to allow for the complete typing of a transcript record for their trial.

The case was postponed as per agreement reached between Public Prosecutor Erastus Hatutale and the two accused women’s defence lawyer Vetumbuavi Uanivi in court on Friday.

The two alleged drug mules already denied the charges levelled against them when they entered pleas of ‘not guilty’ at the start of their trail on 14 February 2014.

They had entered their ‘not guilty’ pleas in the presence of their defence lawyer Uanivi.

The duo is each charged with illegally dealing in prohibited dangerous substances, the illegal importing of prohibited drugs into Namibia, and the illegal possession of prohibited drugs.

The substance found in their possession has been identified as Ephedrine Schedule IV, used to manufacture cold and flu medicines and other varieties of medicines.

It is reported that drug dealers also use this substance to make illicit drugs, amongst others ‘Tik’ (crystal methamphetamine), Mandrax and Ecstasy.

The two women were again on Friday remanded in police custody at the Walvis Bay Police Station’s holding cells in the Erongo Region, with no option of posting bail.