Okamaruru murder suspect remanded in custody

08 Oct 2014 10:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 08 OCT (NAMPA) – The man who was arrested at a village near Okondjatu on Sunday in connection with the death of his mother, appeared in court on Tuesday.
Charles Nderura, 35, appeared in the Okakarara Magistrate’s Court, but was not asked to plead.
Magistrate Friedrick Musakana explained his legal rights to engage a private lawyer of his choice; apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid department; or to defend himself.
Nderura opted to apply for a State-funded lawyer.
His case was then postponed to 19 November 2014, and the accused was remanded in custody to allow for further police investigations into the matter.
Prosecutor Johannes Nunuheb represented the State.
On Monday this week, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa that Nderura had fought with his mother, Menesia Nderura.
They had apparently been involved in a physical altercation over money which belonged to the 63-year-old woman.
“He then pulled out an iron rod, and hit his mother on the head. She died on the spot,” Mbeha said.
The police were informed about the matter, and he was apprehended immediately.
Mbeha said the incident occurred between 21h00 and 22h00 at the Okamaruru village, situated nine kilometres (km) east of Okondjatu in the Okakarara Constituency.
Okondjatu is situated nearly 220km south-east of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Police investigations into the matter continue.