Murder trial of police activist 'Major' Kazeurua resumes in Sept

02 Feb 2015 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 FEB (NAMPA) - The continuation of the trial of four men implicated in the death of Hiambepo ‘Major’ Kazeurua in January 2013, will resume in the High Court here in September 2015.
Kazeurua’s partly-burned body was found buried in an aardvark burrow on 07 January 2013 after he was reported missing a few days earlier.
He was on the trail of stolen cattle when he was murdered.
The four accused persons -Stockley 'Mbaruu' Kauejao, 39, who is suspected to be the main suspect behind the killing; Muvare Kaporo, 24; Mathew Kakurarume, 28; and 30-year-old Aphas Kamutjemo - made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management on Friday last week.
The four were informed that the continuation of their alleged murder will resume on 08 September this year. The trial is set to run until 16 September 2015, and will resume again from 28 to 30 September this year.
The trial will again continue on 01 December and run until 08 December 2015, and again from 16 February until 11 March 2016.
These dates for the continuation of the trial were decided upon as per agreement reached between the accused persons' State-sponsored defence lawyers of Slysken Makando, Monty Karuaihe, Brownell Uirab and Jan Wessels in court on Friday last week. The prosecution’s representative is Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef.
The four Windhoek-based defence lawyers are representing the accused persons on the instruction of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
Meanwhile, accused Kauejao - the man who is believed to have been the mastermind in the alleged murder of Kazeurua in the Omaheke Region - suffered a blow on 29 October last year when the High Court refused to release him on bail at the end of his formal bail application before Judge Liebenberg.
“The evidence produced during the previous two bail application rulings by the magistrate's court at the eastern town of Gobabis, and the evidence of his present bail application in the High Court based on the testimonies of the police investigating officers, were found reliable by this court,” said the judge at the time.
He noted that such evidence included suggestions that Kauejao had earlier interfered with Namibian Police investigations.
“The evidence also showed that the applicant may abscond from Namibia to other countries, once granted bail, in order to evade prosecution.
The applicant did not acquit himself of the onus to show that he will not abscond from Namibia, or interfere with the State witnesses. In the result, I have come to the conclusion that the applicant's application for bail is without merit, and is accordingly dismissed,” said Liebenberg.
However, Kauejao's lawyer Makando said he was carefully studying the outcome of his client's failed bail application to consider the possibility of filing an immediate appeal against the refusal of bail.
The four were all arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Serious Crime Unit between January and March 2013.
Kauejao, Kaporo and Kakurarume remain in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility's trial-awaiting holding cells with no option to post bail, while Kamutjemo is free on bail of N.dollars 10 000.
Earlier reports carried by the local English 'New Era' newspaper have it that Kakurarume was employed on a farm where 15 heads of cattle went missing.
All cattle, which were reported missing by the owner - Hadley Mwashekeleh - who conducts his farming at Farm Rembrandt in the Shaka area of the Kalahari Constituency in the Omaheke Region, were later recovered by the police, and returned to him.
Kazeurua was a prominent member of the Aminuis Community Policing's Anti-Stock Theft Unit, and was widely revered for his thorough investigating and interrogating skills into stock-theft cases, as he had over the years succeeded in bringing many cattle rustlers to book.
Sources close to his family believed that he might have been on the edge of a breakthrough in the stock-theft case he was investigating, which could have led to the suspected cattle rustlers turning on him.