Police investigations into Barman's murder case completed

11 Jul 2013 10:00
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA)- Namibian Police investigations into the case of Windhoek resident Jeffrey Barman who allegedly killed his girlfriend during their daughter's birthday party here last November, have been completed.
This was revealed by Public Prosecutor Menencia Hinda when Barman made another appearance before Magistrate Conchita Olivier in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura along Mungunda Street here on Thursday morning.
The case was then remanded until 25 July this year for the purpose of plea in terms of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures? Act, and as per agreement reached between Hinda and Barman's defence lawyer, Willem Visser.
The accused's bail of N.dollars 3 000, which was granted on 10 May this year by Magistrate Olivier, was also extended until his next court appearance.
The bail was earlier granted with some stringent conditions attached to it in that Barman, who is accused of killing Melanie Booysen, reports himself every Monday and Friday at the Windhoek Police Station between 08h00 and 10h00.
The 21-year-old man was also ordered to hand over his passport and other travel documents to the Namibian Police?s investigating officer, and was forbidden to apply for other travel documents whilst out on bail.
Barman was further ordered not to interfere with police investigations by way of contacting State witnesses, or anyone else who is involved in the case.
He was also instructed not to leave the district of Windhoek without having obtained permission from the investigating officer.
Hinda earlier unsuccessfully opposed the granting of bail to Barman, citing the seriousness and complexity of the murder charge he is facing.
Barman allegedly killed his girlfriend by cutting her throat with a broken glass during a party held for their four-year-old daughter in the Golgotha residential area on 10 November last year.
He then attempted to flee the scene, but fractured a leg when he jumped from the roof of a neighbour's house.
He was arrested at around 17h00 on the day of the alleged crime, and faces a charge of murder.
(NAMPA)
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