Two men on trial for breaking into take-away

Ngoimue Veneruru and Shane Nawaseb, both 20 years old, appeared in the Walvis Bay magistrate’s court yesterday for breaking into a local take-away in Kuisebmond last year and stealing an unspecified amount of cash.

The two suspects are facing a charge of housebreaking with the intent to steal, and theft respectively.

They are accused of having broken into the take-away in Tunacor Street on 15 July 2014.

The owner, who refused to be named, gave a sworn testimony in court that on the night of the burglary, she locked up as usual, and went to bed.

“I was sleeping and I did not hear them breaking in.

I was awoken by police officers who came to my house to inform me that my shop had been burglared and the officers told me to open a case in the morning” she testified.

According to the Police constable who also testified as second state witness, the two men were allegedly arrested after the officers, who had been patrolling the area, saw them sitting in the street counting coins, while another man was standing by.

“They looked very suspicious and we got out of the car to investigate but, when they saw us approaching, the three men ran off in different directions.

We chased them and caught one of them, who told us everything, after we interrogated him a few times,” the witness explained.

He added that the suspect told them where to find the other two suspects and led them to a shack, where both suspects were apprehended and taken to the police station.

“Accused number two opened the door and after following the correct procedures, we searched them and found N$37 in Nawaseb’s pocket, while we did not find any cash on Veneruru” the witness further explained.

The amount of money that was stolen is unclear.

The suspects appeared in front of Magistrate John Sindao Liwoyo, who postponed the matter to 27 April for the continuation of the trial.