WINDHOEK: The Congolese national who escaped from a police van at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday, is still at large.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Co-ordinator for the Khomas Region, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa told Nampa on Tuesday that suspected drug dealer Lewis da Silva Dabo, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still on the run.
“The Congolese national is not yet re-arrested. He is still on the run. However, members of the police are working around the clock to track him down and bring him before court to face justice,” said the deputy commissioner.
On Monday morning, suspect Dabo, 33, surprised the Police as he allegedly jumped out of the police van and ran away shortly after the police opened the vehicle’s door upon arrival at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.
The suspect has been on the run since then.
However, another Congolese man and a Namibian woman who were arrested by NamPol’s Drug Law-Enforcement Unit together with fugitive Dabo after they were allegedly found in possession of cocaine over the weekend, made their first appearance in court here on Monday.
The two suspects – Malesho Kabeya, 36, from the Democratic Republic of Congo and 26-year-old Windhoek resident Rudselia Boois appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on charges of dealing in cocaine and kidnapping.
The trio were arrested after they were allegedly found with 36 capsules (bullets) of cocaine and 10 units of crack cocaine worth N.dollars 183 900 at a guesthouse in Klein Windhoek on Saturday.
Kabeya and Boois appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Justine Asino, and their case was remanded until 23 January next year as police investigations into the matter were still at an initial stage.
The duo was remanded in police custody with no option to post bail, following the prosecution’s strong opposition to the granting of bail at the present moment.
Kabeya, speaking through an interpreter, told the court that he will appoint a private lawyer to defend him in the matter.
Boois said she will apply to the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-sponsored lawyer to defend her case.
Public Prosecutor Taodago Gaweseb represented the State, while the two accused persons appeared in person with no legal representation.