Bail granted to attempted murder suspect

27 Aug 2013 10:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 AUG (NAMPA) - The Karasburg District Court on Tuesday granted bail to 26-year-old farmer Jan Adriaanse, who stands accused of attempted murder after he allegedly ran over a man he suspected of stealing his sheep.
State Prosecutor Basson Lilungwe confirmed to Nampa on Tuesday that Adriaanse was given bail of N.dollars 3 000 after spending five days in the holding cells.
Lilungwe said the court granted bail on condition that Adriaanse, who has not yet been asked to plead, does not interfere with police investigations into the matter.
His case was postponed to 03 October this year to allow for the completion of investigations.
The alleged incident took place at Farm Groot Wortel at around 16h00 last Thursday, when Adriaanse approached Benjamin Jossop, 21, and asked him if he had stolen two sheep from his farm.
Jossop allegedly denied having any knowledge of the sheep before running away.
Adriaanse immediately hopped into his motor-vehicle, and chased after him. He quickly caught up with Jossop and hit him with the vehicle, breaking the fleeing man’s legs and injuring his spine.
The prosecutor noted that Jossop is now in a stable condition in a Windhoek hospital, where he was admitted in a critical condition.
“The police said he is now in a stable condition, but they still suspect he might not walk again. They still have to get a statement from him regarding the incident before the court can continue with the case,” explained Lilungwe.
The said stolen sheep were not recovered, and it is still not yet clear whether Jossop actually stole these animals.