Crowley's assault and domestic violence charges withdrawn

20 Jun 2013 09:40
WINDHOEK, 20 JUN (NAMPA) - A charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm laid against Windhoek resident Helvi Kaunapawa Crowley was withdrawn on Thursday.
The 32-year-old woman was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in November 2011 for allegedly assaulting her English husband David Crowley, and for violating a domestic violence restraining order.
The charge was withdrawn at the request of the complainant, David Crowley, when Kaunapawa Crowley made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Ingrid Lerato Unengu.
The complainant testified before court on Thursday morning, and told presiding magistrate Unengu that he did not want the case to go to trial.
The case was, thereafter, withdrawn as per his request.
In addition, the court also gave an order that bail money of N.dollars of 5 000 be refunded to the depositor.
Public Prosecutor Erich Naikaku did not oppose the withdrawal of the charge against the accused.
Prominent Windhoek-based defence lawyer, attorney Jan Wessels represented Kaunapawa Crowley.
In the case, she had allegedly assaulted her 60-year-old husband, who is a businessman from England, in their home in Ludwigsdorf in the capital on 15 October 2011.
She faced one charge of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Her husband testified during the hearing of her formal bail application last year that on 15 October that year, Kaunapawa arrived at the house in violation of a restraining order, and attacked him.
She allegedly attacked him with an aluminium door handle, and then also assaulted him with a golf club.
During that formal bail application, some details about the Crowley marriage were also disclosed.
According to these details, Kaunapawa was reportedly already married to someone else, but did not inform her husband (David Crowley) of this when she married him.
He only found out after he accidentally saw another marriage certificate in the couple's house.
Kaunapawa was allegedly already married to a certain Lebanese national in 2005 before Crowley came to Namibia in 2007 with the intention of marrying her.