Three arrested for Mandrax possession denied bail at Keetmanshoop

The three people who were arrested here on Saturday and charged in dealing in drugs were denied bail in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The accused persons, Andrew Bloedooght, 53, Katrina Bloedooght, 56 and Eben Pienaar, 30 made their first court appearance before Magistrate Olivia van der Colff, who denied them bail because police investigations are still at a sensitive stage and because it is not in the interest of the administration of justice for bail to be granted.

However the Magistrate informed the accused persons their rights to bring forth formal bail application if they wish to be release on bail.

Van der Colff then postponed their case to 28 October 2019 for further police investigations and for the accused persons to acquire legal aid.

During the court hearing on Monday all accused persons informed the court that they wish to acquire legal representation through the Ministry of Justice's legal aid department. '

The State was represented by Marlon Adams.

Bloedooght, Katrina and Pienaar were arrested on Saturday at their home in the Extension 7 informal settlement around 21h30 during a police operation.

They were found in possession of 75 full Mandrax tablets, seven half Mandrax tablets and 24 quarter Mandrax tablets worth N.dollars 9000.

The three remanded in police custody until their next court appearance.

Source: Namibia Press Agency