Bail application hearing for accused rhino horn dealers postponed

A bail application hearing of two accused men out of the four who were arrested on 12 August this years for allegedly possession and dealing in rhino horns at Otjiwarongo, was on Friday postponed to Tuesday next week for continuation.

The four accused are Robertos Ipinge, 33, Timotheus Kazera, 34, Daniel Hango, 28, and Gideon Gao-Naseb, 36.

The four were arrested on 12 August at Otjiwarongo after they were allegedly found by undercover police with the freshly sawed off rhino horns near the Otjozondjupa Regional Council.

Ipinge, Kazera, Hango, and Gao-Naseb had already appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate's Court on 14 August, where their legal right was explained before they were remained in custody.

On Thursday, two of them - Ipinge and Hango brought their bail applications to court through their privately hired lawyers.

Ipinge was represented by lawyer Tjitja Harases, while Hango by Samson Enkali who told Magistrate Carel Muyeghu that their clients should be out on bail with conditions for them to go back at their working places while the case progresses.

Ipinge is an employee of an electricity company at Otjiwarongo, while Hango worked in a government ministry on contract in Windhoek where he is also a student.

The control public prosecutor who represented the State in the matter, Obert Masendeke opposed any granting of bail to the two, saying both the applicants are not worthy it candidates to be released on bail.

The bail application hearing which started on Thursday continued to Friday late afternoon until court decided to postponed it to next week Tuesday for continuation.

Not even with any conditions to be attached to your application should be considered by this court, because you are not worthy it to be granted one, said Masendeke in court on Friday.

Masendeke told court that the State fears these two applicants might interfere with the ongoing police investigations in the matter, adding that the accused might also abscond from attending court future as they allegedly well aware that they will be found guilty and punished.

The prosecutor explained to court that Hango for instance is the one who allegedly sponsored the suspected hunting rifles which were used in the shooting of a rhino in the area of Omitara in the Omaheke Region and has another pending case in Windhoek for the possession of unlicensed three weapons and ammunition which were found at his residence in the capital.

It was at this stage the case was then postponed to next week, while the duo was ordered to be locked up in police holding cells at Otjiwarongo.

Source: Namibia Press Agency