Otjiwarongo murder suspect denied bail

03 Dec 2014 13:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 03 DEC (NAMPA) – The suspect in the shooting of 16-year-old Dumingu Kambwali Soze at his family residence at Otjiwarongo on Sunday, was denied bail here on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old suspect, Johannes David appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Helvi Shilemba on a charge of murder.
Shilemba explained David’s legal right to engage a private lawyer of his choice; apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate; or represent himself in court.
He will be applying for a Legal Aid lawyer, and was remanded in custody until 12 February 2014 to allow for further police investigations, and to allow him to acquire a lawyer.
Control Prosecutor Muriel van Zyl represented the State in the matter.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Monday David is employed as a cleaner at Karundu Primary School in Otjiwarongo.
The Otjozondjupa police spokesperson said Soze and David had been involved in a fight outside the Chiwelewele Bar in Otjiwarongo’s Tsaraxa-Aibes residential area earlier on Sunday evening.
Some onlookers separated them, and Soze left the bar and walked back to his family home.
“Shortly before he entered the house, a gunshot was heard in the vicinity,” Mbeha said.
Soze’s relatives and neighbours rushed out of their houses to establish who fired the shot, and the teenager was found dead on the ground with a gunshot wound to his forehead.
The police were called to the scene, and they launched investigations that led to the arrest of David on the same night. He was found in possession of a pistol at the time of his arrest.
Mbeha indicated that the police’s preliminary investigations indicated that David was the same man who earlier had a physical fight with Soze at the bar.
The cause of the fight is still not known.
David did not appear in court on Tuesday as the police were busy compiling statements from various key witnesses.
Police investigations in the matter continue.