Rape suspect arraigned before court for murder

31 Aug 2013 10:00
GOBABIS, 31 AUG (NAMPA) - The Gobabis Magistrate’s Court on Friday postponed to 25 October 2013 the matter in which the 26-year-old Immanuel Nau-Gawaseb is suspected of fatally stabbing another man at a drinking spot in Epako over three months ago.
The matter has been set down for that date to allow the police to conclude their investigations in the matter.
Nau-Gawaseb, who was free on bail for a pending rape charge when he committed the murder, was remanded in custody.
The State opposed bail in the matter, arguing that the suspect could interfere with the investigation if released on bail.
According to the charge sheet, the suspect stabbed the 23-year-old David Nghindinwa to death at a drinking spot in the Canaan informal settlement on 02 June this year following a brief altercation between the two.
It is not known what the cause of the argument was.
Nghindinwa was stabbed with an unknown sharp object on the right side of his chest, and collapsed in front of the bar. He was pronounced dead by a doctor who was called to the scene.
Nau-Gawaseb also found himself back in the dock last Friday to face the rape charge levelled against him.
The charge stems from an incident in 2012 in which he is accused of unlawfully having sexual intercourse with a woman without her consent.
According to the charge sheet, the suspect raped Agnes Balzer using physical force while pinning her down by stabbing her with a sharp object on her chest.
His bail in the rape case was extended to 27 November this year, when the case is expected to resume.
Due to the fact that he was denied bail on the charge of murder, Nau-Gawaseb however still remains in custody.
The suspect has elected to defend himself in both cases.
Gobabis Magistrate Lourens Pretorius presided over the matter, while Anchen Konjore acted on behalf of the State.