Docket in Ramakhutla murder sent back to police

WINDHOEK: The case of three City Police officers accused of assault which led to the death of a 17-year-old boy in the capital last April, has been remanded until May this year.

The deceased is Mandela Ramakhutla.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s investigating officer Stanley Muvangua informed Windhoek magistrate Hileni Riana Kavara on Wednesday that the case docket was sent back by the Office of the Prosecutor-General with a list of 25 new instructions.

Muvangua made the announcement when the three accused police officers made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Lüderitz Street.

He then asked the court to grant him a postponement of four months in order to complete his investigations.

“The DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) testing results which I have to obtain from the National Forensic Science Institute’s laboratory are still outstanding.

The last time I made an enquiry about the results, I was told that these results will be ready within a period of three months as from today,” Muvangua told the court.

The case was then remanded to 05 May.

The three accused persons are Elia Nakale, Werner Johannes Shikekela and Kleofas Shikalepo Kapalanga (ages not provided).

They 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.

Public Prosecutor Verinao Kamahene appeared for the State on Wednesday.