Keetmanshoop drug case postponed to next year

A case of a 30-year-old man who was arrested and charged with possessing and dealing in illicit drugs in September 2018, was postponed to next year for plea and trial.

The accused, Michael Jossop, on Monday made another court appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court before Magistrate Olivia Van der Colff, who postponed his case to 22 January 2020 for plea and trial and for the state to acquire the chain of custody.

The postponement came after State representative Marlon Adams indicated to the court that the state has not acquired the chain of custody in the case.

A chain of custody includes statement by those who have handled the suspected drugs from the moment the drugs were confiscated from the accused until when it was tested at the lab.

Jossop was arrested during a search by the Namibian Police Force at his home in the Iileni informal settlement in Keetmanshoop after a tip-off by community members.

A total of 140 full mandrax tablets worth N.dollars 14 000 were confiscated from a small shop he runs at his home. An amount of N.dollars 930 was also confiscated from the shop.

Jossop was granted bail of N.dollars 5 000 by Magistrate Melissa Mungunda during his first court appearance on 28 September last year.

He faces two charges of dealing in dependence-producing substances and possession of potentially dangerous dependence-producing drugs.

The accused was represented in court by legal aid lawyer Samantha Loubser.

Source: Namibia Press Agency