By Confidente Reporter
POLICE in the Erongo region have arrested six Walvis Bay men for illegally harvesting protected marine resources and using them for recreational purposes.
The men, Ronald Stevens (44), Hilario Morkel (34), Romeo Isaaks (33), Jan Matthys (44), Rodger Damonze (37) and Jabiz Appollis are charged with contravening the Ministry of Fisheries Act of 2000 for illegally harvesting rock lobsters.
They also face another charge of obstructing a fisheries’ inspector from carrying out his duties.
They were arrested last week Saturday at about 11h00 at Port land at the coastal town following a tip off by a fisheries’ inspector.
Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu in a crime report said that the men harvested about seven rock lobsters a day before using them in recreational activities.
Iikuyu also said that the men face an additional charge owing to the length of the rock lobsters they harvested which were 65 mm in length While Morkel is still in police custody, the other five men are out on N$1 000 bail each.
In a separate matter, Police are on the hunt for an unknown suspect who shot dead six cattle valued at N$52 000 at a farm in Uis last week.
It is alleged that the suspect loaded the carcasses in a vehicle and drove off. Police said that although the carcasses had not yet been recovered, the vehicle used in the incident is known. Police also asked for the public’s assistance in tracing the suspect or any information that could lead to his arrest.
In another incident, a 30 year-old Markus Nawaseb was arrested after he had stolen a sheep from a farm in the Okombahe area. It is alleged that he slaughtered the animal with the intention to sell the meat in Omaruru.
He was however intercepted by the police following a tip off by the public on the Uis and Omaruru road. The carcass was recovered. He made a brief appearance in the Omaruru Magistrates Court recently.
In a different case, 26 year-old Sakaria Christiaan Ileni was arrested in front of Strand Hotel in Swakopmund for being in possession of 12 parcels of cannabis. The drugs weighed 420 grams with a street value of N$6 000.
Meanwhile, Daudi Fereza Mristio – a 27 year-old Congolese national from the Osire refugee camp was arrested about seven kilometres outside Walvis Bay for being in possession of cocaine.
The drugs had a street value of N$500. He made a brief appearance in the Walvis Bay magistrates Court this week.
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