Hochfeld farmer accused of wildly firing shots gets bail

05 Jun 2014 12:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – A 33-year-old farmer who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly firing gunshots in the direction of his ex-farmworker in the Hochfeld area, secured bail in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Johannes Michael Meyer appeared before Okahandja’s Acting Magistrate Kito Paulus on charges of pointing a firearm, assault through threatening and the negligent handling of a firearm.
He was granted bail of N.dollars 4 000, which he paid on the spot.
His case was then postponed to 31 July 2014 for further police investigations.
Meyer was represented by lawyer Willem Visser.
It is alleged that complainant Hauta Kaveriua, 24, worked for Meyer as a general farmworker at Farm Trafells, but was dismissed mid-May this year.
Kaveriua allegedly went back to the farm on 26 May with his two friends to collect his belongings on bicycles.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Deputy Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono told Nampa on Wednesday that as Kaveriua and his friends entered the residential camp for farmworkers inside the farm where his belongings were being kept, Meyer approached them.
It is alleged Meyer had a firearm with him.
Mavenjono said Meyer allegedly first addressed Kaveriua and his two friends as ‘kaffirs’, before he asked what they were doing on his private property. Kaffir is a derogatory name for Blacks.
The top police officer said before the three men even answered a word, Meyer shouted that they should leave his farm immediately.
“Shortly, Meyer allegedly pulled out his firearm and fired three gunshots in the direction of the three men,” Mavenjono explained.
Kaveriua and his friends abandoned their bicycles, and immediately left the farm on foot.
The complainant then informed the police about the incident, and opened a case against Meyer at the Hochfeld police station on that same day.
According to Mavenjono, Meyer had dropped the three bicycles at the Hochfeld police station on 27 May, where he explained that those bicycles were left on his farm by three “thieves”.
The police subsequently launched their investigations into the case opened by Kaveriua, and Meyer was arrested on Tuesday, 03 June.
He appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday afternoon, and posted for bail.
Prosecutor Kandiwapa Nangombe represented the State in the matter.
Coincidentally, it is in the same Hochfeld area where 51-year-old Axarob Slinger and his three dogs were also allegedly shot dead and buried in an aardvark burrow at Farm Vergenoeg in the Otjozondjupa Region last October.
Slinger was first reported missing from his homestead, which is adjacent to Farm Vergenoeg in the Hochfeld area.
Hochfeld is situated more than 240 kilometres (km) south of Otjiwarongo.
His family members reported him as missing at the Hochfeld police station, and the police along with some community members teamed-up to search for him.
Slinger and his dogs were found buried together in a shallow aardvark burrow.
The 32-year-old Karl Friedrich Eichhoff was arrested in connection with Slinger’s death, and is still in the Hochfeld police holding cells after several failed bail attempts.
Eichhoff is allegedly the son of the owner of Farm Vergenoeg.
The motive behind Slinger and his three dogs’ killings is still not known.
Police investigations continue.