23 Jul 2014 16:30pm
RUNDU, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - Two young men accused of hacking a mother and her six-year-old son to death at a village near Rundu, appeared in the Rundu Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Daniel Katombere, 18, and Lucas Kambinda, 19, appeared before Rundu magistrate Esme Molefe on two counts of murder each.
The magistrate informed them of their rights to engage legal representatives of their choice before postponing the case to 17 September this year for further police investigations, and to allow them to obtain legal representation.
Molefe refused bail as police investigations are still at an early stage; because it is feared that they might interfere with the police investigations; and due to the seriousness of the case against them.
The 35-year-old woman and her son were allegedly murdered at Masivi village, situated some 10 kilometres south of Rundu in the Kavango West Region on Monday.
The two victims were found lying in a pool of blood in a room located just behind 'Ndina Shebeen', where the woman worked, the next morning.
The deceased have been identified as Laurensia Musigeni, 35, and her son Thomas Samwere.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Kavango East regional acting Crime Investigations Coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Chrispin Mubebo told Nampa at the scene on Tuesday that the woman was found lying next to the bed, while the boy was on the bed.
Mubebo said the door of the room was forced open, and it is suspected that a sharp object was used to murder the two.
It is thought that a traditional axe was used, leaving the entrails of the deceased exposed.
The discovery attracted huge crowds of onlookers, including learners of the Masivi Primary School.
Both suspects are Grade 7 learners at the Masivi Primary School, which is situated adjacent to the crime scene.