12 Oct 2014 10:50am
SWAKOPMUND, 12 OCT (NAMPA) A 48-year-old man from the Mondesa residential area of Swakopmund allegedly poisoned his wife to death on Wednesday.
Madala Junias Jonas is now in custody for suspected murder.
The offence was allegedly committed at their house in Mondesa at around 00h20.
The deceased - Mutaleni Yalukeni Jonas, 43 was also allegedly shot at by the suspect with a pistol in August this year. The bullet missed her and hit a television set.
Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Otillie Kashuupulwa said Madala apparently came to Mondesa from Karibib where he stays, bought two beers and started drinking with his wife.
Later, the wife started screaming that she was poisoned by her husband. She was rushed to a hospital but died shortly upon arrival, said Kashuupulwa.
The shooting incident in August led to Madalas arrest and charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm without a licence and illegal possession of ammunition.
Madala was given bail of N.dollars 5 000 by the Swakopmund Magistrates Court on 05 August and a protection order which barred him from seeing his now deceased wife and/or visiting their house in Mondesa where the deceased lived.
The order also required him to leave the district of Swakopmund, a situation which led to him staying in Karibib, situated some 175 kilometers east of Swakopmund.
Madala is expected to appear before court again on 24 November 2014 on the charge of possession of a firearm without a licence and illegal ammunition.
The case of attempted murder has since been struck from the court roll because the complainant is now dead.
The couple was separated but still legally married.
The autopsy will determine whether the deceased died of poisoning and, if so, what poison was used, said Kashuupulwa.
The suspect is now facing fresh counts of murder and violation of a protection order in addition to the previous charges.
Madala appeared in the same court on Friday before Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi. Prosecutor Hezekiel Iipinge represented the State in the matter.
Velikoshi remanded the suspect in custody due to the fact that the State objected bail.
The State submitted that there should be no bail, because the case is a domestic-related murder, and because of fear that the suspect would interfere in the Police investigations.
Another reason is that this matter was committed while the accused was on bail on the charge of attempted murder and the protection order on the now deceased, said Iipinge.
This case will be heard again on 08 December 2014.