Theft accused lawyer secures representation at last

 

After difficulties in finding a lawyer that could represent him during 2018, a Windhoek attorney Mervin Kozonguizi has finally secured private legal representation which will see his trial commencing soon.

 

Kozonguizi will be represented by Vetu Uanivi who takes from lawyer Orben Sibeya and is under a court order to file a response to the state’s pre-trial memorandum on the 7th of February before the case resumes on the 14th of the same month.

 

The accused lawyer’s troubles in failing to find someone to represent him last year prompted High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg to request that he seek legal aid council instead.

 

He is accused of stealing money from deceased estates under his administration and is on a N$100 000 bail and also faces 16 counts of money laundering.

 

It is the state’s case that N$7.9 million was paid to Kozonguizi meant to be handed over to the nine heirs of the late Gustav Kandjambi Tjiuiju.

 

He allegedly only paid out about N$1.5 million to Tjiuiju's heirs and stole the remainder of N$6.4 million.

 

The state said this was during the period from 19 September 2014 to August 2015.

 

It is being alleged that he purchased for himself a Ford Ranger bakkie to the tune of N$454 000, a Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle for N$420 000 as well as land at Okahandja for N$2,1 million.

 

Meanwhile in another case, an ex-couple embroiled in a N$17 million case of fraud will have its trial separated in the event that the prosecutor accepts a plea of guilt by the woman on the 23rd of January.

 

The woman, Stephanie Serfontein and Isak Serfontein appeared in court this week together with their defense counsel.

 

It is the state’s case that she defrauded her former employer, a mining drilling contractor called Ferrodrill Namibia, while she was employed with the company as an accountant.

 

She allegedly stole money from the company's account, and channeled funds into the account of her 47-year-old then husband Isak Serfontein.

She is on a N$75 000 bail.