A six-member panga robbery gang appeared in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court last week on charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, dating back to 2013.
The first accused is Alpo Caley, who was 27-years-old at the time of the robbery, They were all charged for a robbery which occurred on 27 November 2013 in Rhino Park, Windhoek. On that day, they allegedly attacked Alexander Kanime, whom they threatened with pangas and also hit with fists before they robbed him of a watch, sandals and earphones valued at N$750.
The other five accused are Ronny Gawanab, who was 16- yearsold at the time; Simon Hamutenya, likewise 16 then; Immanuel Mwandingi, who was 17-years-old; Immanuel Primus, who was 17-years-old, and Lucas Megameno Junias, who was 20-years-old. During their last court appearance, all of them but Lucas Megameno Junias showed up, and he has been noted as being at large.
Currently, Gawanab and Primus have been released into the care of their guardians, while the other accused are presently out on bail. During court submissions by a legal representative of one of the accused, it was discovered that Lucas Junias already has six pending cases in court, but was still granted bail in this his seventh case.
During their earliest appearances, the legal representative for the first accused, Caley, indicated that her client is willing to help the law, and should be granted bail because he was a father of two and also taking care of his pensioner mother, while his father had also died.
Further revelations in support of Caley’s bail application were that he was not aware of the robbery, and had become a getaway driver without knowing about the alleged crime.
The legal representative implied that Caley was trapped into the robbery by Mwandingi, who asked for a lift to where the robbery happened, and that Caley had also only driven off with the suspects because the police were shooting at them.
Caley’s representative also said that he felt threatened by one of the teens who was holding a panga, and then felt coerced into driving off with the other suspects.
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