12 Aug 2013 10:50
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) - A 39-year-old member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) who was arrested last Wednesday after he allegedly shot and killed a man during a heated quarrel in Katutura, has been refused bail.
Martin Niimbundu, allegedly shot and killed Simon Natangwe Iipinge in the Greenwell Matongo residential area, and made a first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura here on Monday.
Public Prosecutor Menencia Hinda opposed the granting of bail on the grounds that Niimbundu faces a serious charge of murder, and because the police investigations in the matter were still at an initial stage.
Niimbundu, who was based at the NDF's military air force base at Karibib in the Erongo Region, appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Conchita Olivier.
His case was postponed to 27 September this year in order to allow the police to wrap up their investigations, and to enable the arrested soldier to make arrangements for a private defence lawyer.
A media statement issued by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Public Relations Division and availed to Nampa last Friday had it that the soldier shot Iipinge in the chest at close range when the two men were embroiled in a heated quarrel at the premises of the 'Kitchener Take-Away' outlet.
Natangwe was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Katutura State Hospital, where he was taken for medical treatment.
According to the police statement, some unknown members of the public who were onlookers at the scene of crime took the law into their own hands shortly after the shooting incident which claimed Iipinge's life, and hit the soldier with stones, inflicting serious bodily injuries.
Niimbundu was, however, rescued when the police intervened in the matter by stopping the angry members of the public from further assaulting him.
The soldier was ordered to return to the Katutura State Hospital today, where he is still receiving medical attention under strict police guard.