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Kidnapping and assault accused granted bail

Walvis Bay Magistrate Andre Matulich has granted bail of N$2 000 each to the three men implicated in the kidnapping and assault of three minors in Meersig on August 29.
The case was remanded on Tuesday to October 9, as investigations continue.
Advocate Shakespeare Masiza, who represents Logan Pretorius, Ashley January and Curven Vries, argued earlier that there were reasonable grounds for granting bail.
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MCA-N outperformed other global compacts

The five-year Millennium Challenge Account-Namibia (MCA-N) Compact has outperformed all other such other programmes around the world. This was the view of MCA-N Chief Executive Officer Penny Akwenye, who spoke at a media briefing on Tuesday about the compact coming to an end. It came to an end with a total of 95% of the N$3 billion budget being spent with “commendable results”. “We have reached the end of the five-year compact implementation in good shape in that we have set a new benchmark for doing business in development. Read more about MCA-N outperformed other global compacts

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Woman stabbed to death after break-up

A 42-year-old Angolan woman was stabbed to death, allegedly by her boyfriend, at One Nation informal settlement.
When the man tried to flee the scene on Monday, residents gave chase and allegedly assaulted him.
City Police Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho confirmed the incident. He said Annabella Matheus was stabbed several times after she told the accused of her intention to end the relationship.
Shikesho urged rejected partners to accept reality when a break-up occurs.
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Ex-soldiers continue their march under police watch

Former SWATF and Koevoet soldiers, who started a long march from Okanguati to Opuwo in the Kunene Region on Tuesday, are complaining that they are being discriminated against by a “paranoid” police force.
The chairperson of the Namibia War Veterans Trust (Namvet) Jabulani Ndeunyema said the protesters ran into trouble even before the march started.
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Conflicting instructions causes lawyer’s withdrawal

The lawyer representing one of the two suspects in Andre Heckmaier’s murder, has withdrawn from the case taking place in the High Court.
Attorney Vito Uanivi withdrew yesterday, citing what he called conflicting instructions.
He said this made it impossible for him to continue representing American accused Kevin Townsend.
Boris Isaacks will now represent the 30-year-old Townsend.
His co-accused, Marcus Thomas, 31, is being represented by attorney Werner van Rensburg.
The two Americans allegedly killed Heckmaier on January 7, 2011 in Klein Windhoek.
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Raped because she’s lesbian

Anna (not her real name) says she was sexually assaulted while asleep at a friend’s house in Goreangab in the early hours of Monday, because the rapist wanted to “cure” her of lesbianism. So-called ‘corrective rape’ is a hate crime in which people are raped because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The common intended consequence of the rape, as seen by the perpetrator, is to turn the person heterosexual. The term was coined in South Africa, where corrective rape has happened with disturbing regularity in townships. Read more about Raped because she’s lesbian

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No word on Namibian victims in TB Joshua church collapse

The Nigerian High Commission in Namibia says it cannot confirm whether any Namibians were among those crushed when a church of famous televangelist TB Joshua collapsed in Lagos this week.
Namibian Sun tried to get information from the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, but the church indicated that “all information will be communicated soon”.
This follows news that at least 67 South Africans were killed when the building collapsed.
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High Court denies Schiefer leave to appeal

High Court Judge Naomi Shivute refused Romeo Schiefer’s application for leave to appeal. He is currently serving 48 years for killing both his parents in Khomasdal, Windhoek in January of 2008.
Shivute emphasized that the mere possibility that another court might come to a different conclusion is not in itself sufficient to justify the grant of the application.
“The applicant must satisfy the court that he has a reasonable prospect of success,” the judge stressed.
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AfriSam fraud trial moved to Friday

The trial of six people arrested in connection with fraud involving over N$71 million at AfriSam Cement in 2011 has been put on hold until Friday.
The trial was scheduled to begin yesterday, but could not proceed because two of the accused persons - Calvin Bezuidenhout and his brother Gerhald Albertus Bezuidenhout - are yet to get a response from the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid on their applications for State-funded lawyers.
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