Kazeurua matter referred to High Court

05 Mar 2014 14:50pm
GOBABIS, 05 MAR (NAMPA) - The stock-theft case which is connected to the death of Aminuis anti-stock theft activist Hiambepo Major Kazeurua, was transferred to the Windhoek High Court for trial on Tuesday.
Gobabis magistrate Victor Nyazo announced that Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa wants the case to be heard in the Windhoek High Court.
The accused persons in the matter are Stockley Kauejao, 39; Mathew Kakururume, 24; Muvare Kaporo, 25; and Aphas Kavee Kamutjemo, 30.
The four face one count each of stock-theft in connection with the disappearance of 15 heads of cattle from Farm Rembrandt in the Tshaka area of the Omaheke Region’s Kalahari Constituency around the second week of December 2012.
With the exception of Kamutjemo, the remaining three accused persons also face an additional charge of murder each in connection with the death of Kazeurua.
A charge of obstruction of justice has also been added to all four accused persons’ charges in the matter.
A pre-trial conference will be held on 10 April 2014 at the Windhoek High Court before the matter goes to trial.
Kazeurua was apparently tracking the stolen cattle when he met his gruesome death.
His partly-burnt body was discovered on Farm Brazil, bundled into an aardvark burrow. Farm Brazil borders the farm where the cattle were stolen from.
The case has enjoyed a large public presence, mostly from Kazeurua’s native Aminuis constituency, where he has been hailed a hero for his work to combat stock-theft in the area.
During its initial stages, residents marched to the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court, where they requested that the accused persons not to be granted bail.
All accused linked to the murder charge are remanded in custody, while Kamutjemo remains free on bail of N.dollars 10 000 granted to him last year.
(NAMPA)
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