18 April 2018

Namibia: Ombudsman Official in Court Over Poaching

A SENIOR complaints officer at the Keetmanshoop office of the Ombudsman and four co-accused yesterday made a brief appearance in the local magistrate's court on charges of poaching.

Josef Swartz (42) appeared with his son Heinrich Swartz (20), Henry Hill (45), Quinton Losper (34), and Elton Losper (32).

Members of the //Karas Crime Prevention Forum stopped the four on Sunday morning at farm Warmfontein, and found six kudu carcasses with them.

The forum informed the police and environment ministry officers, who then arrested the four suspects. Two hunting rifles and two hunting lights were also confiscated from the suspects after their arrest.

During their brief court appearance, the accused were not asked to plead.

Magistrate Melissa Mungunda granted each accused bail of N$4 000, and postponed the case to 4 June to allow for further police investigations.

The postponement would also allow the accused to get legal representation before their next court appearance.

They all indicated that they would engage the services of private defence lawyers.

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