State patient accused of transporting cannabis in ambulance granted bail

OTJIWARONGO: The 38-year-old State patient who was allegedly found in possession of skunk cannabis while being transported in an ambulance from Windhoek to Outjo last week, secured bail at Otjiwarongo on Monday. Richard Garoeb appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Immanuel Udjombala, who explained to him the legal right to engage a private lawyer of his choice; apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice's Legal Aid Directorate, or defend himself in court. Garoeb informed the court that he was comfortable to defend himself throughout the court sessions. The State, which was represented by prosecutor Eve Hamutue in the matter, then informed the court that it has no grounds to object to the granting of bail in the amount of N.dollars 2 000. Udjombala however in his ruling informed Garoeb that N.dollars 15 000 was the appropriate bail amounts for his case, since the 505 grams of cannabis allegedly found in his possession is worth N.dollars 25 250. His case was then postponed to 05 March 2024 for further police investigations. Source: The Namibia Press Agency