Hochfeld murder accused remanded in custody

30 Jan 2016 11:10am
OKAHANDJA, 30 JAN (NAMPA) – A 43-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a suspected poacher on Farm Otukaruno No. 43 in the Okahandja District Wednesday afternoon, was on Friday remanded in custody.
Kai Rust made his first court appearance before Okahandja Magistrate Masule Kwizi, who explained to him his legal right to engage a private lawyer of his choice; apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate; or defend himself in court.
Rust opted to use a private lawyer.
Prosecutor Victoria Thompson then opposed bail to Rust on the basis that the murder case he is facing is very serious.
She said the police investigations into the matter are still at an infant stage, adding that the State also fears that once Rust is released on bail, he might interfere with the State witnesses and it will not be in the public interest for him to be released on bail.
Rust was not asked to plead to the charge of murder and was remanded in custody.
The case was postponed to 06 April 2016.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Thursday that Rust allegedly spotted four suspected poachers skinning a kudu they had just killed inside his father’s farm on Wednesday.
Rust then allegedly fired four shots from a hunting rifle in the direction of the suspected poachers, and one of them, Andreas Ukandanga, was hit in the back and died on the spot.
His dog was also shot and killed in the process.
A half-skinned kudu, four assegais (spears), a panga (machete) and one knife were found at the slaughtering point inside the private farm, situated 25 kilometres east of Okahandja along the Hochfeld road.
Meanwhile, the three other poaching suspects were arrested on Thursday at the Tjiuapeke Post in the Ovitoto Communal Reserve area outside Okahandja, and appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court also on Friday.
They are facing a charge of illegal hunting.
They are Ndara Ndjamba, 48; Nikanor Ntsamba, 44; and a 38-year-old Muronga Hausiku.
Magistrate Kwizi granted them bail of N.dollars 800 each after he explained to them their legal rights.
All three plus deceased Ukandanga hail from the Kavango West Region.
Their case was postponed to 03 March 2016.
Police investigations in both matters continue.