Three suspected cattle rustlers denied bail at Outjo

Three suspected cattle rustlers linked to the slaughter of eight cattle valued at N.dollars 96 000 appeared separately on Wednesday and Friday this week in the Outjo Magistrate's Court where they were denied bail.

The accused are Muandambera Musavovahimba, 26, Ndjombo Muakanadji, 34, and 24-year-old Salathi Kamati.

The trio appeared before the Outjo Magistrate, Peingondjabi Shipo who explained their legal right to engage services of their private lawyer; apply for a State funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice's Legal Aid Directorate or defend themselves in court.

The accused opted to apply for the Legal Aid lawyer.

Public prosecutor Elana Doeses who represented the State opposed to any granting of bail to the accused, saying they had intentionally and unlawfully slaughtered eight cattle at Farm Forte situated about eight kilometres west of Outjo.

Doeses told court that the three slaughtered the cattle without the owner's consent, therefore, granting to them any bail with or without conditions would not be in the interest of the general public and that of the administration of justice.

The three were then remanded in custody and their case postponed to 11 December 2019 for further police investigations and also to allow them acquire their Legal Aid representation.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Saturday told Nampa in an interview that Kamati was arrested on Monday and appeared on Wednesday at Outjo, while Musavovahimba and Muakanadji were arrested on Wednesday and appeared on Friday.

I therefore call upon all farmers to conduct regular patrols of their private farms and to count their livestock in order to detect early the incidents of stock-theft and illegal poaching on their farms, she said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency