GOBABIS: A Gobabis man who found himself in the dock after allegedly stealing a bottle of ‘Zorba’ gin valued at less than N.dollars 50 had his case postponed on Monday.
Ignatius van Wyk, 26, stands accused of stealing a bottle of the popular gin at a liquor outlet in Epako on 06 June this year. His case was initially postponed for further investigation when he made his first appearance before Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi on 07 June.
Van Wyk, who chose to conduct his own defence, entered a not guilty plea during the hearing in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court on Monday, noting that he had not stolen the alcohol. He told the court that he had intended to purchase the alcohol but found that he did not have enough money on him at the teller.
In a bid to secure money for the purchase, Van Wyk said he walked over to a friend of his who was standing by the door to ask for money, upon which he was arrested by the security guard manning the door and charged with theft.
His case was postponed to 27 September 2012.
Although he was granted bail of N.dollars 500 during his initial court appearance, Van Wyk has been unable to raise the money and has as such been remanded in custody.
In another matter before Magistrate Velikoshi, a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm lodged against the 29-year-old Dawid Gowaseb was postponed to 10 September 2012 for trial.
Gowaseb, by his own admission, assaulted his former girlfriend, Josephine Harases, with a clenched fist on 14 August 2012, causing extensive injury to her left eye.
Although Gowaseb entered a guilty plea into the matter, the court refused to admit the plea due to contradictory remarks of the accused on what led to the assault.
Magistrate Velikoshi remarked that the accused was inconsistent in his version of what made him assault his former girlfriend; as he initially claimed that he was responding to an onslaught from her, but later blamed alcohol for his actions.
Gowaseb, who conducted his own defence, was sent back to the holding cells as it was feared that granting of bail would lead to him interfering in ongoing investigations by contacting the complainant.
A protection order has also been issued against him.