Tsumkwe murder accused woman granted bail

24 Feb 2015 16:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 24 FEB (NAMPA) – A woman accused of murdering another woman at the Omatako village in Tsumkwe Constituency on Sunday, was granted bail on Tuesday.
The accused, Susanna Nougab, 55, appeared before Grootfontein Magistrate Alexis Diergaardt on a charge of murder.
She was arrested on Sunday for allegedly killing Anna Tjaraus.
Diergaardt informed Nougab of her right to engage a private lawyer of her choice; apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate or defend herself in court.
Nougab opted to apply for a State lawyer.
State Public Prosecutor, Lewis Chigunwe strongly opposed bail to the accused woman, citing the seriousness of the case she is facing.
However, Diergaardt considered the accused’s age; her place of origin – Tsumkwe Constituency - and her low level of education as some of the social conditions to merit granting her bail of N.dollars 1 000.
The case was postponed to 09 April 2015 to allow the accused to apply for legal aid, and for further police investigations.
The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Monday that the accused apparently heard Tjaraus and a friend mention her name, and pursued them in a fighting mood.
Nougab stabbed the victim with a small kitchen knife, killing her instantly.
Tsumkwe is situated approximately 260 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.