By Marianne Nghidengwa
GOVERNMENT through the office of Nampol’s Inspector General will fork out an estimated N$54 000 for damages in the assault case of police inspector and boxing champion, Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses who last year manhandled a Windhoek man over a woman. The settlement also highlights the suffering of taxpayers on the account of ill-disciplined cops.
Confidente last year broke the story when a uniformed Moses assaulted Hafeni Elikana at his work place after accusing him (Elikana) of threatening his boxing promoter Nestor Tobias over a woman. Moses is Tobias’s protégé who rose to fame under the latter’s coaching for several years at the MTC Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing Academy.
The settlement agreement was on Monday made an order of the Windhoek high court. “The first (Government) and second defendants (NamPol Inspector General) shall pay the plaintiff an amount of N$54 018.50 calculated as follows; N$25 000 constituting the first and second defendant’s liability to the damages occasioned by the plaintiff and N$29 018.50 constituting the plaintiff’s legal costs occasioned by these proceedings,” court documents read.
Moses’ attack on Elikana at the time followed a telephonic conversation in which the latter confronted
Tobias as to why he was repeatedly inundating his wife with text messages and phone calls during odd hours for nearly a week.
After the confrontation, the boxing promoter turned to Moses to use his power as a senior police officer to have him (Elikana) arrested and charged with making threats against Tobias. Confidente has in its possession pictures of a uniformed Moses attacking Elikana at his work place although at the time of the assault, Moses vehemently denied he was involved saying he did not know his victim. “I don’t even know that man. I don’t know how you got those pictures but it is not me at all,” Moses claimed at the time.
Elikana at the time narrated that after Moses humiliated him in full view of his colleagues, eight uniformed police officers arrived at the scene. They allegedly forcefully pushed him into a police van before transporting him to the Katutura Police Station.
There he was allegedly questioned by station commander, Chief Inspector Ismael Basson, Tobias and Moses about the alleged threats.
“I did not threaten Tobias. I called him to ask why he was repeatedly calling and sending text messages to my wife for nearly a week. He persisted even after she told him that she was a married woman. Yes I was angry and used vulgar language. I was protecting my wife. I don’t know where or how he got her number but I suspect he got it from her colleagues,” Elikana said.
Text messages privy to Confidente sent to Elikana’s wife (name withheld), Tobias wrote,” Hi and please answer as I need to ask something, Nestor.” Another reads, “Are you very busy?” He also sent her at least four text messages only saying “morning”. Despite his failed efforts to get her attention, Tobias was not discouraged. His persistence angered Elikana who then confronted him (Tobias), telling him to stay away from his wife. “This is when the problem with police started. They bombarded me with phone calls telling me that Tobias had opened a case against me over threats I made and that I should meet them at the police station to discuss the matter. I refused and told them that if that was the case, we would meet at court. “Moses labelled me a coward after I refused to meet them at the police station. So he came to my work place Monday afternoon shortly after I knocked off. There he forced me out of a car I was in, grabbed me by the neck and told me that I was going nowhere. During that attack his wrist watch and my Samsung Tab4 fell to the ground. Its screen cracked. About eight other police officers arrived to the scene and pushed me into a van. They did that without a warrant of arrest,” Elikana narrated.
Although Tobias during the questioning reportedly denied opening a case against Elikana, Moses ironically lodged a malicious damage to property case against Elikana over his wrist watch that fell during the attack.
Elikana also opened counter charges against Moses of malicious damage to property, civil rights violation, abuse of police power and unlawful arrest and detention under CR 613/05/15.
Basson at the time claimed that Elikana was only brought in for questioning after an argument erupted between him and Tobias. Elikana was represented by Tjombe Elago lawfirm.
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