Two men allegedly involved in Uis attack want bail

WINDHOEK: Two men accused of attacking an elderly couple during a violent robbery at the settlement of Uis in the Erongo Region in October 2010, want to be released on bail.

Charles Namiseb and Edwin Tourob brought a joint application before High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka on Monday in which they asked the court to release them on bail.

“We will not run away. We will not try to abscond from Namibia to neighbouring countries in order to evade prosecution once the court granted us bail. We will stay with our respective relatives at Uis if the court granted us bail. We will stand trial until the finalisation of this case,” the two men said in their bid to be released on bail.

Meanwhile the prosecution, led by State Advocate Innocentia Nyoni, is strongly opposing the granting of bail to the two men on the grounds that the duo will abscond from Namibia to other neighbouring countries in order to evade prosecution.

Christiaan Nambahu and Brownell Uirab, who are representing the two accused, also asked the court to grant their clients bail because they had spent about four years in police custody since their arrest in October 2010.

A summary of substantial evidence contained in the charge sheet had it that the two men had allegedly carried out a bloody attack on an elderly couple at Uis on 03 October 2010.

It is reported that during the attack, a 72-year-old pensioner was struck on the head with a spade before he was dragged into the couple’s house where he was allegedly tied up with an electrical cord.

His 69-year-old wife was also assaulted and tied up in the house by two assailants.

After tying up the woman, the two men allegedly raped the elderly woman.

She was seriously injured in the attack.

The duo then robbed the elderly couple of their car, money, two firearms and jewellery, with a total value of about N.dollars 78 900.

Namiseb and Tourob pleaded not guilty to two charges of attempted murder, a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, and three counts of rape each at the start of their trial in in the High Court here July 2013.

Tourob was arrested on the day of the attack after he was wounded when the police shot at the stolen car of the couple as it drove through a police roadblock between Uis and Khorixas.

Namiseb was arrested at Swakopmund about three days after the alleged attack.

Judge Siboleka is expected to hand down a verdict in the bail application during the course of this week.

Windhoek-based defence lawyers Nambahu and Uirab are representing the two men, acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid.

Tourob and Namiseb remain in the police holding cells at the Windhoek Central Prison.