WINDHOEK, 15 JUN – The Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday refused to grant bail to two of the six foreign nationals arrested in November in connection with the armed robbery of a security guard at the Westlane Lifestyle Centre.
The duo – Shane Moyo and Mguni Pumuzile – lodged their failed joint formal bail application on 11 April this year through their privately-instructed defence lawyers Kadhila Amoomo and Immanuel Udjombala.
In a ruling handed down by Magistrate Vanessa Stanley, the court refused to release the two men because of fears that the alleged robbers would abscond from Namibia to other countries in efforts to evade prosecution.
Meanwhile, the other four – Kubeka Mthokozisi, Vusi David, Lukas Ndlovu and Khumalo Martin – were not part of the failed formal bail application bid.
The group’s case was on Friday remanded until 29 June 2018 because police investigations into the matter are still ongoing.
Senior Public Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk, in his submissions during the bail hearing, also strongly objected to the granting of bail. He said it would not be in the interest of the administration of justice to release the two accused from custody while police investigations are at an initial stage.
The six accused were all arrested on 13 November 2017, the same day the robbery took place.
According to the Namibian Police, four of the suspects were intercepted and arrested while in transit to Rehoboth and two were arrested in Windhoek.
The accused, four South African nationals and two Zimbabwean nationals, are charged with robbing a G4S security guard of N.dollars 487 320 in cash at gunpoint. The money was collected by G4S from the Spar supermarket at the centre for banking.
An amount of N.dollars 336 000 as well as U.S.dollars 6 500 in cash (about N.dollars 93 515) was found on them at their arrest.
The six remain in custody at the trial-awaiting section of the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.