Police investigations into the case of five men accused of robbing the Mamma Fresh grocery shop in Windhoek’s Nubuamis residential area in December not complete

WINDHOEK: Police investigations into the case of five men accused of robbing the Mamma Fresh grocery shop in Windhoek’s Nubuamis residential area in December last year, are not yet complete.

This came to light when the alleged armed robbers made a second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura yesterday morning.

The five men – Leonard Mwashekele, Joseph Fillipus, Linekela Hifikua, Abed Ndengu and Sam Eliaser – made a second appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Alpha Haihambo, and their case was remanded until 24 April this year for further police investigations and to allow the men to each bring a formal bail application before court in order to be released on bail.

They were remanded in police custody with no option to post bail due to the seriousness of the charges against them.

The group faces charges of attempted murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances and possession of illegal firearms.

They allegedly robbed the shop of a laptop, an undisclosed amount of money and airtime recharge vouchers on 27 December 2013.

The suspected robbers initially locked two of the shop’s employees in a walk-in fridge during the failed robbery attempt, and opened fire at Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and City Police officers after being warned to surrender.

SOURCE: NAMPA