Police probe into doctor ongoing

Well-known Windhoek oncologist Dr Tommy van Wyk has had his bail conditions relaxed while the police are still investigating his case.

15 April 2019 | Justice

The Windhoek oncologist who was arrested for illegally being in the possession of three elephant tusks made his third court appearance at the close of last week during which his bail conditions were relaxed.

The 44-year-old Dr Thomas John Brown van Wyk (Tommy) appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court yesterday for the contravention of the Controlled Wildlife Act on the charge of the possession of controlled wildlife products.

Prosecutor Precious Matali informed the court that the defence had brought an application to relax bail conditions and asked that Van Wyk only report to the investigating officer on Mondays instead of daily, from Monday to Friday. Matali said the State does not object to this.

Matali further said that although the case docket is before court, investigations into the matter had not been finalised and that about three statements are still outstanding.

During Van Wyk's previous court appearance the docket was not before court.

She asked that the case be postponed for investigations to be finalised.

Defence lawyer Evert Gouws confirmed that he is appearing on behalf of Van Wyk and asked that the case be postponed only once more for the police to complete their investigations.

Magistrate Vanessa Stanley postponed the case to 5 June, as a final remand, for investigations to be completed.

She said bail conditions will remain as they are except that Van Wyk will now report only on Mondays to the investigating officer.

The other bail conditions are that Van Wyk had to hand in his passport and he is also not allowed to travel outside of Windhoek without the permission of the investigating officer.

A police intelligence-lead investigation lead to the arrest of Van Wyk for the illegal possession of the elephant tusks after his house was searched at the end of January at Auas View.

The investigation and search occurred after the police received a tip. Three elephant tusks were found in his house for which Van Wyk did not have permits.

Van Wyk was at work during the search and therefore was not arrested that day. He handed himself in after consultations with his lawyer and appeared in court and was granted bail.

An agreement was reached with the defence beforehand that bail would be set at N$50 000.



ELLANIE SMIT

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