Former suspect in Stoffels murder arrested for alleged bestialit

06 Jun 2014 17:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 06 JUN (NAMPA) – Junias Fillipus, the man who was suspected of murdering Magdalena Stoffels in Windhoek in 2010, is being detained at the Ohangwena Police holding cells after he was arrested on charges of bestiality.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Ohangwena Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Abner Agas confirmed on Friday that the 33-year-old Fillipus is in custody at Ohangwena.
Agas confirmed that Fillipus is the same man who was a suspect in the brutal rape and killing of Stoffels in July 2010.
“We arrested him at Onaghulo village on 11 March 2014 after an elderly woman in the same village laid a charge of bestiality against him,” he said.
Bestiality is illegal in Namibia.
The case was opened at the Ohangwena Police Station.
It is alleged that Fillipus was seen having sexual intercourse with a goat in a kraal by grandchildren of the complainant on 10 March 2014 at around 09h00.
The complainant is said to be his aunt.
Ohangwena Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Tylves Kampolo also confirmed his arrest.
“He appeared in the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court on 12 March 2014,” Kampolo said, adding that his next court appearance will be on 25 July 2014.
Fillipus informed the court that he will apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate.
He was granted bail of N.dollars 1 000, which he could not pay, and the bail was reduced to N.dollars 600, which he also failed to pay.
His bail has now been reduced to N.dollars 300, an amount which Fillipus is unable to pay.
The barbaric murder of Stoffels on 27 July 2010 in Windhoek sent shockwaves through Namibia.
The 17-year-old Grade 11 learner was found dead in a riverbed near Dawid Bezuidenhout High School which she had been walking to that morning through the Gammams’ riverbed.
Stoffels was found with her throat slit.
That same morning, a police officer allegedly saw Fillipus washing his clothes in a riverbed approximately 500 metres from where Stoffels' lifeless body was found lying.
After observing what the police officer believed to be scratch-marks on his knees and back, as well as blood stains on his clothes, the officer arrested Fillipus in connection with Stoffels’ death.
When the results of forensic tests were received nearly a year later, Fillipus could however not be conclusively linked to the Stoffels death.
All charges against him were then withdrawn on 13 May 2013, and he was released from police custody.
Members of the Namibian Police Force transported him to the Ohangwena Region in May last year, shortly after his release from custody.
Fillipus sued the Namibian Police for unlawful arrest, unlawful detention and malicious prosecution for nearly N.dollars 3 million, immediately after his release from custody last year.
He claimed N.dollars 2 million for spending nine-and-a-half months in custody, N.dollars 200 000 for unlawful arrest, N.dollars 250 000 for humiliation and N.dollars 250 000 for malicious prosecution.
No other suspect has been arrested in connection with Stoffels’ death so far.
(NAMPA)
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