Abolish bail for serious crime suspects: //Karas Governor

09 Nov 2015 19:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 09 NOV (NAMPA) – The Governor of the //Karas Region, Lucia Basson has called on Government to scrap the option of bail for suspects of serious crimes that took the life of another human being or have left people with deep emotional scars.
A devastated Basson spoke to Nampa on Monday after the death of her son, Job ‘Joppies’ Daniels, 29, who was shot in the early morning hours of Sunday in Keetmanshoop.
The deceased was shot through his mouth, allegedly by a 46-year-old suspect at the Oxpass lookout point behind the Westdene suburb at around 04h00, the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Keetmanshoop spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak told Nampa on Monday.
The suspect is expected to appear in court on Tuesday on a charge of murder.
Daniels is the son of a brother of Basson but was raised by the governor since he was nine months old.
Basson said she felt bitter, disturbed and deeply hurt by the incident and called for Namibian courts to have justice prevail.
Her brother, the father of the deceased, Rudolph Basson concurred, adding that bail should not be an option.
He said he was trying his best to remain calm and strong for the sake of his family.
According to the police, the shooting was preceded by an incident at Club Vibe in Tseiblaagte during the early hours of Sunday when the suspect allegedly drove into the car of the deceased.
Friends and colleagues of Daniels, Sixtus Oarum, Ewald Eiseb and Vivienne Jahrs said they were at a loss for words and shocked to the core at the death of their friend.
“I have never experienced something like this and I am still trying to make sense of it,” Oarum, who was present during the shooting, said.
“Joppies was a very kind person, very quiet and generous, I can’t believe he had to die like this,” Eiseb said.
“He is my cousin and we were together every single weekend. I can’t understand what happened. The last thing he said to me earlier that day was, ‘See you later’,” Jahrs said, sitting dejected at the governor’s house.
The suspect was arrested at home shortly after the incident and is currently in custody. He is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
Police investigations continue.