'Knife-wielding' receptionist in court

26 February 2019 | Justice

An ugly incident at the regional council offices in Okahandja on 21 January had a sequel in the town's magistrate court yesterday.

Kathleen Uri-khos (48) appeared before Magistrate Khaepriums Swartz on two charges of assault by threat.

According to the two complainants in the matter, Basie Tjikune and Petrus Kampaku, Uri-khos, a receptionist at the regional council offices, threatened them at knifepoint on 21 January.

Tjikune is part of a community group that on 11 January protested to demand the removal of Steve 'Biko' Booys as Okahandja constituency councillor.

They petitioned President Hage Geingob, but were referred to urban and regional development minister Peya Mushelenga.

Uri-khos was arrested on 22 January and was granted bail of N$1 000.

According to the prosecutor, Veruka Njemao, the police investigation is complete and they are ready to proceed with the plea and trial.

However, yesterday, Uri-khos indicated that she had only applied for legal aid during the morning before her appearance.

The matter was postponed to 4 April.

Magistrate Swartz instructed Uri-khos to follow up on her application at the Directorate of Legal Aid, so that the matter could proceed.

Her bail was extended.

YANNA SMITH

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