Two accused persons arrested were yesterday denied bail at the Magistrate’s Court

Two accused persons arrested and charged with being in possession of elephant tusks at Rundu, were yesterday denied bail at the Rundu Magistrate's Court.

David Fredrick, 32, and Manfried Sinkumba, 34, appeared before magistrate Barry Mufana who denied them bail saying investigations are still at a preliminary stage, and there is a risk the accused may interfere with police investigations.

Magistrate Mufana explained the rights of the accused persons, either to acquire a private or State-funded lawyer of their choice or to conduct their own defence.

Accused number one, Fredrick told the court that he would instruct a private lawyer while Sinkumba told the court that he would conduct his own defence.

The duo was arrested after they were allegedly found in possession of four elephant tusks by the Namibian Police Force at Tuhingireni informal settlement in a joint operation with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism on Friday, and their case was then postponed to 27 January 2020 for further police investigations.

Source: Namibia Press Agency