Thompson remanded in custody

13 March 2019 | Sports

Former national under-20 rugby coach and senior national team defence coach, Roger Thompson, has been remanded in custody until 10 May.

Thompson appeared before Magistrate Selma Amadhila yesterday in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court for housebreaking with an attempt to steal and two counts linked to driving a vehicle without the owner's consent.

The State argued that Thompson should be denied bail to allow for further investigations.

He will remain in custody until 10 May, when he will be allowed to launch a formal bail application.

Amadhila informed the accused of his rights and told him he can apply for government legal assistance or appoint a private lawyer.

“I will appoint a private lawyer your honour,” Thompson said briefly when he took the stand.

The 35-year-old former national player, who was recently employed by Namibia Rugby Limited (NRL), was on the run for over a month after initially being linked to the theft of four NRL laptops.

He is also allegedly linked to the theft of other NRL equipment, including a camera, a projector and a spare wheel.

In a separate incident, Thompson allegedly stole a vehicle last week. He was arrested along with two others on Sunday.

In 2007, Thompson's playing career was ruined due to a two-year doping ban for using anabolic steroids. In 2012, he was appointed as assistant coach and then later as head coach of Western Suburbs.

In 2014, Thompson was appointed as defence coach for the national team.

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