Alleged killer Eichhoff in court at Okahandja Monday

23 Feb 2014 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 23 FEB (NAMPA) - A man accused of shooting and killing another man and his three dogs and burying them in an aardvark burrow at a farm in the Hochfeld area in October 2013, is expected to make another appearance in the Okahandja Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Okahandja is located some 68 kilometres north of Windhoek in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Karl Eichhoff, 31, is still in police custody after he was refused bail following his unsuccessful formal bail application that was heard in the Okahandja Magistrate's Court on 22 November last year.
Magistrate Khae Primus Swartz, who presided over the hearing of the bail bid, refused to grant bail to the suspected killer after the prosecution team, led by Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef, presented evidence indicating that Eichhoff is a flight risk and could abscond from Namibia to other countries once released on bail.
Other grounds for the refusal of bail are that Eichhoff is facing serious charges of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice, and that it would not be in the interest of the public to grant him bail at the moment.
His case was then remanded until 24 February 2014, pending further police investigations into the matter.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Willem Visser represented Eichhoff during his failed bail bid and a previous court appearance last year.
In the matter, Eichhoff stands accused of allegedly shooting and killing 51-year-old Cornelius ‘Axarob’ Slinger and his three dogs.
Eichhoff then allegedly buried Slinger’s body in an aardvark burrow at Farm Vergenoeg, along with his dead dogs.
The deceased person went missing from his homestead adjacent to Farm Vergenoeg, which is situated more than 240 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region, some days before the alleged shooting and killing took place.
Eichhoff is the son of the owner of Farm Vergenoeg.