Three Katutura women appeared at the Katutura Courts after they were arrested for cutting down a camel thorn tree.
The women, Beata Thomas, Hilma Mathias and Josephine Komesho, were arrested late last year after they were caught burning down a camel thorn tree in a municipal area in Havana without the approval of the Windhoek municipality.
The women explained to the court that they were not aware that it was illegal to cut down the tree, their guilty plea therefore was changed to a not guilty plea.
“No, we didn’t know that it was wrong to do so,” Thomas told the court.
The trio was allegedly looking for firewood in the surrounding area when they finally decided to cut down a camel thorn tree with an axe.
They are all out on N$200 bail although the court has lodged a warrant of arrest for Mathias who failed to appear at court on their set court date.
Thomas and Komesho were told to return to court on 16 March 2012 while the police try to trace Mathias.