Pretorius and co-accused get bail in Walvis court

WALVIS BAY; The Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday granted bail to three men accused of kidnapping and assaulting boys who they say wanted to steal one of the accused’s dogs.

Magistrate Andre Matulich granted N.dollars 2 000 bail each to Logan Pretorius, 25; Ashley Andre Januarie, 20; and the 20-year-old Curven Vries after they spent almost two weeks in custody as the State objected to bail due to the seriousness of the case.

Accused number two, the 18-year-old Sandra Riobo was also granted N.dollars 2 000 bail last week.

The case has been postponed to 09 October 2014 for further police investigations.

Cousins Carlos Mukuve, 15; Levi Goreseb, 15; and Edward Goroseb, 14, are accusing Pretorius, Vries, Januarie and Riobo of kidnapping and assaulting them.

The incident took place at Pretorius’ house in the Meersig residential area, where the boys were allegedly kept in a garage for more than six hours before being released and given N.dollars 20 for a taxi ride back home.

Pretorius, who is a dog breeder, told the court last week that on the day of the incident, he saw the boys opening his gate and suspected that they wanted to steal his dogs.

This happened shortly after he came home and found that one of his pit bull puppies was sick. The puppy later died of what he suspects to be strangulation.

Matulich granted bail on condition that the accused persons should not interfere with police investigations, State witnesses or get into contact with the complainants and their parents.

So far, four people including an investigation officer and a mother of one of the accused testified.

In her testimony last week, Mukuve’s mother Dorothy Mukuve told the court she believes what her son told her, which is that they were allegedly beaten with boxing gloves, given salt water to drink and had pepper smeared in their noses and eyes which made them vomit.

They were allegedly also made to lick the vomit from Pretorius’ garage floor.

“My son cannot lie to me, I believe everything he told me was done to them. He is now traumatised, cannot leave the house anymore and I feel his freedom of movement has been taken away,” she said.

She further testified that her son said were beaten with a spade, one of them was bitten by a dog, and another fell off his bicycle when the suspects chased after them and drove into the bicycle.

“They took the law into their own hands and beat up defenceless boys. There is so much violence, threats and killings in this country, therefore for the interest of public and Walvis Bay community they must not get bail,” Mukuve told the court.

Advocate Shakespeare Masiza, who is defending all suspects, labelled the mother’s testimony “non-evidence”.

Masiza also argued that the State does not have a kidnapping case as the suspects did not have the intention to detain the boys, but just kept them for questioning.

The investigation officer dealing with the case however testified last week that the State has a strong case for kidnapping because the suspects did not take the boys to the police and instead opted to keep them in their garage.

“A kidnapping case is a definite jail term. The facts speaks for themselves in this case,” said the officer.

The court also heard from the police officer that Riobo previously told the police her boyfriend (Pretorius) physically abuses her.

“They cannot be innocent young men like the defence claims because they committed a crime,” the officer responded when Masiza said his clients are not dangerous, but are innocent young men.