Murder Docket Opened against Police

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By Kuvee Kangueehi WINDHOEK A case of murder is being investigated by the Complaints and Discipline Unit of the Namibian Police at Otjiwarongo against three police officials after a suspect died at the Okakarara police holding cells on May 27. The deceased suspect, Linuis Festus Muhimba, who was detained on charges of stock theft and assault, died in police custody after sustaining serious injuries. Police spokesperson Warrant-Officer James Matengu confirmed the investigation and noted that according to a report they received from the police officials at Okakarara, the suspect injured his neck after jumping from a roof. Matengu said it is believed that Muhimba and another suspect were attempting to escape from the holding cells through the roof when the police on guard detected them. He said the police took all the other suspects to another holding cell and locked them up and persuaded the two suspects that were on the roof to come down. “After the two suspects realized that they could not escape, they jumped from the roof into the offices of the police station and injured themselves.” Matengu said the murder case against the police officers was opened because there is suspicion of foul play. Meanwhile, Nampa reports that former Outapi prosecutor Stanley Nakale, who is standing trial with two other court officials in the High Court for fraud and forgery, on Wednesday launched a bail application. The ex-prosecutor brought an urgent bail application this morning before High Court judge Kato van Niekerk asking to be released on bail after his warning was withdrawn by the State when his fraud and forgery case began here in the past few months. The State, led by prosecutor Sandra Miller is opposing or objecting to the granting of bail to Nakale. He is legally represented at the hearing of his bail bid. Nakale and his co-accused – senior legal clerk Charmain Izaaks (36) and a legal clerk, Kingsley Gwala (22) – worked at the Outapi magistrate’s court when they allegedly committed the offences. All three face the same 14 charges, which include four counts of corruption, three charges of fraud, three charges of forgery, and a count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice. According to the local English daily ‘The Namibian’, the charges all flow from allegations that Nakale had solicited and received a bribe of N$7 000 from the wife of an incest and rape suspect in return for getting the suspect released on bail. The suspect’s wife told the court on the first day of the trial on Wednesday last week that she paid N$7 000 into a bank account on 20 May last year, after Nakale had given this account number to her. He husband was thereafter released on bail of N$1 000. He had, however, not appeared before a magistrate to be granted bail. It is alleged that to make it appear that he had been granted bail during a court appearance, accused Izaaks made entries to that effect on the record of his case, as well as the record book of the Outapi magistrate’s court. The bank account that was allegedly used to channel the money to Nakale belonged to Gwala. At the start of the trial, accused Gwala admitted that the money went through his bank account and that it was paid over to Nakale. Izaaks also admitted having made the entries in question on the case record and in the court book. This was allegedly done on instructions from Nakale. All three suspects have pleaded not guilty on all 14 charges.