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Fraudster blames drugs for misdeeds

Mon, 1 February 2016 04:21
by Villager Court Reporter
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A 27-yearold man, Andreas Hikongelwa, who allegedly defrauded two people out of their rent money told the court that he was high on crack cocaine when he committed the crimes.

Hikongelwa, who lives in Golgota, was arrested on 1 August 2014, and was charged with fraud. According to court documents, he had on 30 July 2014 defrauded a woman of N$2000 by telling her that he is renting out a house (Erf 4292 Monsa Streeet in Soweto), while the house was not his.

He told the woman that he is renting out the house for N$3500 per month, and the woman then lost the N$2000 deposit she had put down for the house when she found out that the accused did not even live in nor own the premises. Just a week before for legal assistance.

Bail was set at N$1000 with conditions that he should not try to come into contact with the complainant, and should not interfere with police investigations. His case has been remanded to 29 March, while police investigations continue. that, he had also done a similar thing to another unsuspecting victim wanting to rent a place from him.

On 24 July 2014, he allegedly defrauded a man of N$3000 by saying that he was renting out Erf 429 Moira Street in Golgota. He told the victim that he was authorised to rent out the premises, which was not the case.

When he previously appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, he said he was not aware that he was doing something wrong because he was under the influence of narcotics. “No, I was confused from using drugs”, he told the court.

He added that he used the money from his victims to buy crack cocaine. He is currently out on N$1 500 bail, and his case has been postponed to 21 July for trial.