NDF institutional worker's alleged killer denied bail

28 Jan 2015 12:48pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 JAN (NAMPA) – A 23-year-old woman accused of killing her boyfriend at the Tsaraxa-Aibes informal settlement on Saturday, appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Delia Catherine Uiras appeared before Otjiwarongo magistrate Ruben Mutuku, but was not asked to plead.
Mutuku explained Uiras’ legal rights to engage her own private lawyer, apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate or to defend herself in court.
She opted to apply for a State-funded lawyer.
The accused was remanded in custody, and her case was postponed to 05 March 2015 for further police investigations.
Prosecutor Leonard Tjiveze represented the State in the matter.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Sunday told Nampa that the deceased, Leonard Pahukeni, had lived together with Uiras since last December at his home in the Tsaraxa-Aibes informal settlement.
Pahukeni was employed at the Namibian Defence Force (NDF)’s military base at Otjiwarongo as an institutional worker.
Mbeha said the deceased and his girlfriend had just returned from a birthday party at about 21h00 when a fight between the two broke out inside their house.
It was during this fight that the suspect allegedly pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed Pahukeni once on the left side of his chest.
He tried to escape by walking out of the house screaming for help, but fell down on the doorsteps and died.
It is alleged that Uiras was still following Pahukeni, holding the bloodstained knife in her hands.
However, upon seeing him falling down, she dropped the knife in the kitchen.
According to Mbeha, fresh blood was still visible on the suspect’s hands when the police apprehended her.
Police investigations in the matter continue.