No bail for 7 mob killing suspects

14 Jan 2016 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JAN(NAMPA) - A group of seven men arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in mid-December last year in connection with the killing of another man in Katutura, were all denied bail on Thursday.
The accused persons are Gerhard Kafibu; Alex Gawiseb; Johannes Xoageb; Quinton Gawanab; Nicky Vries; Ricardo Hoeseb; and Riol Nanub (ages not mentioned).
They were denied bail when they made their first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court before Magistrate Hambeleleni Heita on Thursday morning.
Public Prosecutor Granny Paulus strongly objected to the granting of bail due to the serious nature and complexity of the murder charge the group is facing in the case.
Another reason for refusal of the bail to the suspects was that police investigations into the matter were still at an early stage and it would, therefore, not be in the interest of the public and the administration of justice to grant them bail at this stage.
Meanwhile, the group was informed to each bring a formal bail application before court in the next few weeks if they want to be released on bail.
Evidence of a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that the accused seven men allegedly attacked and beat Ryon Roberto Makwena (age also not given) with an unknown object on the body, and in the process inflicting serious injuries on the victim.
The alleged attack and beating took place on 12 December 2015 in Katutura.
Although the victim was immediately rushed to Katutura State Hospital for medical attention, he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries while in medical care on 17 December 2015.
The murder case was on Thursday adjourned until 12 February this year in order to allow the accused men to get responses from the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid in connection with their applications for State-funded defence lawyers to defend them in future court proceedings and when trial proper begins.
They remain in police custody.