Police officer in court for allegedly killing young man

12 Aug 2013 12:00
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) - A 27-year-old police officer who was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a young man at the Shandumbala residential area in Katutura on Saturday, briefly appeared in court here on Monday.
The police officer - Linus Nzwana - made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura. His case was remanded until 01 October this year in order to allow the police to complete their investigations into the matter.
Nzwana was refused bail but he was, however, informed to bring a formal bail application before court if he wants to be released on bail.
He appeared before Windhoek Magistrate George Mbundu.
Public Prosecutor Alexander Wilson appeared for the State, while Windhoek-based defence lawyer Louis Le Grange represented the arrested police officer.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said during the crime briefing here on Sunday the policeman was off duty at the time, and handed himself over to the Katutura Police Station after shooting dead 22-year-old Joel Martin at about 13h50 on Saturday.
Shikwambi said an argument erupted when the suspect, who was driving his private vehicle, requested the deceased to refrain from walking on the road as it is dangerous.
Martin allegedly attempted to hit the police officer with a bottle which he had in his hand, and in self-defence, Nzwana drew his private pistol and shot the deceased in the chest.
The victim died on the spot.