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Three men have pleaded not guilty to robbing a Chinese hardware shop of close to N.dollars 400 000 in cash at Rundu on Monday this week.

The three accused persons Jolicy Neddy, 39, John Musenge, 33, and Matheus Nekaro, 26, who are facing charges of robbery appeared in the Rundu Magistrate Court on Thursday.

The three are accused of allegedly holding two Chinese nationals at gunpoint and tied them up before robbing them N.dollars 398 000 on Monday afternoon.

The accused persons opted to conduct their own defence and all pleaded not guilty after being informed of their legal rights by Rundu Magistrate Johannes Sindano.

State Prosecutor Billy Lutaka objected bail being granted to the accused persons there is still one more suspect yet to be arrested.

The State Prosecutor added that the stolen money is yet to be recovered while the offences they are facing are serious.

The Magistrate then postponed the case to 12 April this year for further police investigations.

The accused were remanded in custody but were advised by the Magistrate to launch a formal bail application if they wished to be released.

According to police reports earlier, two unidentified men apparently walked into the Chally Hardware Shop at the Rundu Commercial Centre while the owners were busy closing the shop at around 18h00.

They then apparently tied up Zhu Li We, 20, and Huang Hai Yu, 18 with sellotape before demanding money.

Zhu told Nampa shortly after the incident that the suspects tied their hands behind their backs before pointing a gun to his head, and demanding that he opened the safe where the money was being kept.

The men then got away with a cellphone and cash amounting to N.dollars 398 000, which was in that safe.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Kavango Regional Commander, Commissioner Olavi Auanga earlier said although what happened was unfortunate, encouraged business owners to bank their money instead of keeping it in their offices.

The incident is said to have occurred right under the noses of security guards, who were looking after other premises within that building complex.

(edited)RUNDU; Three men suspected of robbing a Chinese-owned hardware shop of nearly N.dollars 400 000 at Rundu on Monday, have pleaded not guilty in court.

The three accused - Jolicy Neddy, 39, John Musenge, 33, and Matheus Nekaro, 26 - face charges of robbery and appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

They stand accused of holding two Chinese nationals at gunpoint and robbing them of N.dollars 398 000 on Monday afternoon.

The accused persons opted to conduct their own defence and all pleaded not guilty after being informed of their legal rights by Rundu Magistrate Johannes Sindano.

State Prosecutor Billy Lutaka objected to bail being granted to the accused as there is one more suspect to be arrested.

The State Prosecutor added that the stolen money is yet to be recovered, and the offence they are accused of are serious.

The Magistrate then postponed the case to 12 April this year for further police investigations.

The three men were remanded in custody but were advised by the Magistrate to launch a formal bail application if they wish to be released.

According to police reports, two unidentified men walked into the Chally Hardware Shop at the Rundu Commercial Centre while the owners were busy closing the shop at around 18h00.

They then apparently tied up Zhu Li We, 20, and Huang Hai Yu, 18 with sellotape before demanding money.

Zhu told Nampa shortly after the incident that the suspects tied their hands behind their backs before pointing a gun at his head, and demanding that he open he safe where the money was being kept.

The men then got away with a cellphone and cash amounting to N.dollars 398 000, which was in that safe.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Kavango Regional Commander, Commissioner Olavi Auanga earlier said although what happened was unfortunate, he would encourage business owners to bank their money instead of keeping it in their offices.

The incident is said to have occurred right under the noses of security guards, who were looking after other premises within that building complex.

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