Dagga suspects change lawyer

20 May 2019 | Crime

The formal bail application of northern businessmen Paavo Hatutale (47) and his co-accused Nicodemus Shekunyenge (21) will take place on Wednesday after they changed their regal representative.

They made their third appearance before Magistrate Letta Simon in the Ohangwena Magistrate's Court last week following their arrest in February for allegedly being in possession of and dealing in drugs.

They were arrested for allegedly being in possession of truckload of dagga worth more than N$1 million.

During their first and second appearances they were represented by Maruschka January.

However, during last week's appearance they informed the court they are now being represented by Jan Greyling & Associates.

Simon postponed the matter to this Wednesday for their formal bail application, following the change of lawyer.

Hatutale, who owns Hatutale Transport, was arrested at Onhuno in the Ohangwena Region, allegedly while driving a truck carrying one of the biggest consignments of cannabis ever confiscated in the country. He was arrested after the police were tipped off by a member of the public.

Shekunyenge was arrested the following day after it was established they had driven together.

Hatutale and Shekunyenge reportedly drove from South Africa through Botswana and entered Namibia using the Rundu-Nkurenkuru route.

Police reported that the truck had been contracted to transport poles for a building material shop in the north.

Forty-one bags of dagga were allegedly found hidden under the poles.

Simon said the drugs have a street value of N$1 094 000.

ILENI NANDJATO