Henties murder suspect appears in court

28 Aug 2013 05:00
SWAKOPMUND, 28 AUG (NAMPA) - Henties Bay murder suspect Milten Maasdorp made his first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Maasdorp stands accused of allegedly killing 26-year-old Hodle Gaseb at Henties Bay late on Saturday evening.
During his appearance before Magistrate Hannelie Prinsloo, the accused indicated that he would conduct his own defence, despite Prinsloo informing him that it would be advisable to plead in the presence of a legal representative.
Maasdorp stated that he would like to plead guilty to the charge.
According to his plea explanation, he was at a bar in Henties Bay, where he went to have a drink with relatives when he saw Gaseb at the same bar.
Maasdorp stated that the deceased was apparently more intoxicated than he was and would, at times, fall against him.
He added that after several attempts to stop Gaseb from falling against him, the deceased allegedly persisted and a physical fight broke out between the two, resulting in Maasdorp stabbing the deceased.
The accused also indicated that it was not his intention to kill Gaseb, as he had only been attempting to “keep him away”.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa told Nampa on Monday that according to statements obtained, Maasdorp allegedly entered the bar with his brother, and saw the deceased dancing with a woman.
His brother apparently approached the deceased and his female companion, and attempted to separate the two from each other when Maasdorp pulled out a knife and stabbed the deceased in the left shoulder.
After hearing the suspect’s plea, Public Prosecutor Hezekiel Iipinge opposed bail due to the fact that he might abscond, saying it will not be in the interests of justice if bail is granted.
The accused remains in police custody, and the matter was postponed to 15 October this year for further police investigations..