Denied bail in scandalous theft case
IGNATIUS David, the police officer who was recently caught on camera stealing money from a passenger at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, was out on bail for rape when he committed the latest crime.
The 30-year-old David made his first appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was denied bail on the charge of theft because of the previous pending rape case against him.
The accused was caught on closed circuit television camera taking money from the hand bag of a female passenger going through the transit checkpoint.
David and another police officer were not supposed to be at the passenger transit checkpoint and neither were they allowed to search the baggage of female passengers. Both are facing disciplinary charges from the Namibian Police in this regard.
David was formally charged with the theft of 800 Euros from the passenger’s handbag. He also faces charges under Namibia’s anti-corruption laws because he abused his position or office for his own gratification.
David was arrested last December on a charge of rape after he was accused of sexually violating a woman in the police barracks. In that matter, he was set free on bail of N$2,000.
The state prosecutor in the matter of the theft at the airport opposed bail on, amongst others, the ground that the accused is already free on bail on the charge of rape.
Magistrate Johannes Shuuveni remanded David in custody and postponed the matter to 6 March to allow the accused person time to solicit the services of a legal representative.