Majority of police station attackers denied bail
04 August 2020 | Crime
Eighteen of the 20 people accused of damaging and destroying public property at the Mondesa police station were denied bail during their first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Two of the accused were granted bail of N$ 7 000, which was reduced from N$ 10 000 as per their pleas.
The two accused are Pshiinda Imalwa (34), who was charged with resisting and assaulting an officer of the law, and Selma Silvanus (28), who was charged with obstructing the course of justice.
State Prosecutor Johannes Shangadhi opposed bail for the 18 accused, emphasising the seriousness of the offence and saying the granting of bail would also not be in the interest of the administration of justice and the public.
“Granting bail to the accused might lead them to interfering with investigations, which are still at a premature stage. There are also still more arrests to follow with another 40 people to be apprehended. We would like to have them all appear before the court so that we can consider the bail,” Shangadhi said.”
Two of the 20 accused opted for state lawyers while the rest said they would conduct their own defence. One of the accused pleaded guilty and the rest not guilty.
The case has been remanded to 9 September for further investigations.
Magistrate Nelao Brown who presided over the matter advised that the accused who have been denied bail have the right to apply for a formal bail hearing before 9 September.
The group allegedly vandalised the Mondesa police station and well as three police vehicles after an altercation with members of the police Friday night.
This happened after the police responded to a complaint about a large group of people who were not adhering to the Covid-19 precautionary measures. The gathering exceeded 10 people who were not of the same household.
The angry mob started demanding the immediate release of the owner of the residence, who after allegedly assaulting a police officer, was detained.