22 Aug 2013 08:00
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - Namibian hip-hop artist Jerome Jericho Gawanab, who faces charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, now has a private lawyer to defend him in the matter.
Gawanab has obtained the legal services of Windhoek-based private defence lawyer, Kennedy Haraseb of local law firm Koep & Partners.
Haraseb will now represent the accused in future court proceedings and during the trial proper.
This was announced when the artist made his second appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura on Thursday morning.
Gawanab appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Conchita Olivier on Thursday morning, during which his case was finally remanded until 04 September this year in order to allow the police to finish their investigations and to also enable the police investigating officer to bring the case docket before court.
Gawanab is free on bail of N.dollars 500, which was extended until his next court appearance.
Public Prosecutor Fatima Mendonsa represented the State today.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet indicate that Gawanab was arrested on 10 July this year after he allegedly assaulted Windhoek resident Edward Webster Snewe in Katutura on 05 July this year.
The accused allegedly assaulted Snewe by kicking him on the head, and all over his body.
The 33-year-old Gawanab, winner of the 2011 Male Artist of The Year award, made his first appearance in the same court on 12 July this year.
Meanwhile, in August 2011, Gawanab faced a similar offence after he was arrested by members of the Windhoek City Police for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, Helena Ngaifiwa.
At the time, Khomas Regional Crime Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa confirmed to the media that a criminal case (WCR687/08/2011) was opened against the award-winning musician, in which he was charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, as well as malicious damage to property.