Alleged murderer Barman’s trial set for May 2015

25 Feb 2015 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) – The trial of Jeffrey Barman who allegedly killed his girlfriend in November 2012, is set to run in the High Court from 18 to 22 May 2015.
The incident happened during their daughter’s birthday party on 10 November 2012 in Windhoek.
Barman, 22, made a brief appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Wednesday.
The trial was initially set for 07 August this year but Barman’s State-funded lawyer requested for a new date which was agreed upon by both the judge and prosecution representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo.
The accused, however, has to return to the court again on 25 March this year to receive the outcome of the forensic evidence sent to neighbouring South Africa for laboratory analyses.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Barman allegedly killed his girlfriend, Melanie Booysen, 20, by cutting her throat with a broken glass during a party held for their four-year-old daughter in the Golgotha residential area.
He then attempted to flee the scene, but fractured a leg when he jumped from a roof of a neighbour's house.
Barman was arrested around 17h00 on the day of the alleged crime, and first appeared on 13 November 2012 before Magistrate Cosmos Endjala in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura on a charge of murder.
He was remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility since his arrest with no option to post bail following an unsuccessful formal bail application.