Investigations incomplete in Samaria’s case



Investigations into the matter in which one of Namibia’s renowned football coaches faces an assault charge, for allegedly beating his wife, are incomplete. The matter could not continue last Thursday in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.

Bobby Samaria, who has coached several local clubs in the Namibia Premier League, was arrested for domestic violence in Windhoek last November and brought before the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.

The matter had to be remanded because investigations are incomplete. The matter was remanded to June 30.

Samaria is free on bail of N$2 000 on condition he does not interfere with the police investigation and must not have direct contact with his estranged wife, Clementine Samaria.

Magistrate Ilge Rheent gave June 30 as the final remand date.

Monica Angula from Dr Weder, Kauta & Hoveka Incorporated law firm represented Samaria.

“Samaria has a fiery temper and she does not know how he will react now that she has reported him. There are cases she filed against him between 1988 and 2006, but those dockets apparently disappeared. We brought all this to the attention of the court but he was still granted bail,” a family member informed The Namibian last November.

Clementine allegedly filed for divorce in 2006, but until now Bobby has reportedly refused to sign the divorce papers. His lawyer Patrick Kauta was reported as saying they would sign the papers in December last year.

The founder and director of Women Solidarity Namibia, Rosa Namises, said the granting of bail in this specific case is proof that women are not getting the protection they need.



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