Drug Case Postponed to Next Year

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By Anna Shilongo

WINDHOEK

Thirty-year-old Bruno da Silva, who was arrested in Windhoek in April last year for dealing in cocaine, yesterday again made an appearance in the Windhoek Magistrates’ Court in connection with the case.

When he was arrested he was initially held liable in the death of his wife Darlin da Silva who tragically died when some sachets stuffed with cocaine that the couple were trying to smuggle burst in her stomach, triggering a deadly chemical reaction.

The victim who was used as a drug mule at the time died from a drug overdose.

Yesterday, Da Silva’s case was brought before court for plea-bargaining and for trial but the magistrate postponed the matter to February 05 and 06 next year.

His lawyer Sisa Namandje requested more particulars and appealed for bail extension for his client, which was granted on condition that he re-appears before court on the set date.

In terms of his bail conditions he is required to report to the Windhoek Police Station three times a day.

He is also not allowed to leave the place where he lives between 20h00 and 06h00 without written permission from a designated police officer.

Da Silva was arrested after his cocaine-smuggling operation derailed and resulted in the death of his wife with whom he has a six-year-old daughter.

The accused and his wife flew to Windhoek from Brazil.

It is alleged that they both swallowed the drugs during their visit to Sao Paulo, with the intention to smuggle the drugs into Namibia.

His wife Darlin fell ill on the plane, and died upon arrival at home on April 25 last year.

During an autopsy, police discovered 31 sachets of cocaine weighing approximately 410 grams in her abdomen.

According to the police, the total amount of drugs confiscated from the couple was valued at N$292 500.

This was the first known drug-smuggling case of its kind in Namibia.

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