Local estate administrator’s fraud case now ready for trial

The case of a local estate administrator who stands accused of fraud and embezzling funds

has secured new legal representation after his former defence lawyer, Orben Sibeya, withdrew from the case in November last year.

Mervin Kozonguizi has now secured the services of private defence lawyer Vetu Uanivi, who was present when the accused made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review, on Thursday.

The fraud case was then postponed to 14 February this year to allow his lawyer to file replies to the questionnaire of the State's pre-trial memorandum.

Uanivi was instructed to file his responses to the questionnaire of the State's pre-trial memorandum by 07 February 2019.

On 22 November last year, Sibeya withdrew from the case after the lawyer briefly told the court about the accused's inability to pay legal fees as the reason for his withdrawal.

Kozonguizi, 43, is free on bail of N.dollars 100 000 and his bail was extended until his next court appearance.

A summary of substantial facts contained in the indictment alleges that Kozonguizi defrauded the Master of the High Court between 2016 and January 2017 by pretending that he was entitled to receive funds from the estate of the late Gustav Tjiuiju.

It is alleged that he received nearly N.dollars 7.1 million from the estate while he was not entitled to the money.

It is further alleged that he had also defrauded the Master of the High Court on 05 December 2015 by pretending that he was entitled to N.dollars 2 million from the estate of the late Yolandi Dorothy Beukes.

Kozonguizi operates under the name Kozonguizi and Associates and administered deceased estates registered at the Master of the High Court on behalf of beneficiaries.

He was arrested on 15 January 2018 by investigators attached to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

State Advocate Esegiel Iipinge is handling the prosecution's case.

Source: Namibia Press Agency