‘Repeat offender’ remains in custody
27 May 2021 | Crime
Timoteus Haimbodi made his first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court for theft with aggravating circumstances on Thursday.
The accused allegedly attacked an 82-year-old resident.
According to Erongo Police spokesperson Inspector Ileni Shapumba, Haimbodi allegedly robbed an 82-year-old woman of property worth N$33 500.
“He allegedly entered the yard where the victim, Herma Emmerich, was watering her lawn. He grabbed and then dragged her inside her house before strangling her with a piece of clothing.”
The stolen property includes five golden rings, a golden necklace as well as a cellular phone. “The victim was reportedly found in a stable condition,” said Shapumba.
Hambodi was arrested on Wednesday, 26 May and some of the stolen items were recovered.
During his first court appearance before magistrate Nelao Brown, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.
The state, represented by prosecutor Johannes Shangadi, apposed bail, saying that the Haimbodi is a repeat offender and on the grounds that he was charged with committing a serious crime.
“It is not in the public interest nor administration of justice to grant him bail, especially in light of an increase of robberies and murders committed involving the elderly of Swakopmund in the affluent part of the town,” Shangadi said.
Magistrate Brown explained to the accused his rights to apply for legal aid as well as bail.
The case was postponed to 14 July to allow for further police investigations.
Haimbodi was remanded in custody at the Swakopmund police cells until then.