04 Sep 2013 05:20
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) - A 25-year-old police officer who was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a young man in the Shandumbala residential area in Katutura last month, was granted bail on Tuesday.
Constable Linus Nzwana was granted bail of N.dollars 5 000 in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura at the end of his formal bail application here late on Tuesday afternoon.
Windhoek Magistrate George Mbundu coupled this with some strict bail conditions in that the accused should report himself twice per day at the Katutura Police Station in the morning hours between 08h00 and 09h00, and between 17h00 and 18h00 in the afternoon hours.
Nzwana was also ordered not to make contact with the people lined-up as State witnesses in the matter, nor to interfere with the police investigations in any way.
He was further ordered not to leave the district of Windhoek without obtaining the permission of the investigating officer.
I will not abscond from Namibia to other neighbouring countries in efforts to avoid prosecution because I have no relatives or friends residing outside Namibia.
All my family members, relatives and friends are living here in Namibia and, therefore, I will never run away once the court grants me bail. I also want to assure this court that I will never interfere in any way - direct or indirect - with the police investigations once the court grants bail, Nzwana told Magistrate Mbundu in his evidence-in-chief at the bail hearing on Tuesday.
The prosecution, led by Public Prosecutor Alexander Wilson, unsuccessfully opposed the granting of bail on the grounds that the accused is facing a serious charge of murder, which will warrant heavy punishment in case of conviction.
In his testimony before court on Tuesday, Nzwana maintained that he shot and killed the 22-year-old Joel Martin on 10 August this year while acting in self-defence as he was allegedly under threat as the accused person was about to hit him with a beer bottle.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Louis le Grange represented the arrested police officer at the bail hearing.
Meanwhile, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi had earlier said during a crime briefing that the arrested policeman was off-duty at the time, and handed himself over at the Katutura police station after killing Martin at about 13h50 on that Saturday.
Shikwambi said an argument erupted when the suspect, who was driving his private vehicle, requested the deceased to refrain from walking in the road as it is dangerous.
Martin allegedly attempted to hit the police officer with a beer bottle, and in self-defence, Nzwana drew his private pistol and shot the deceased in the chest.
The victim died on the spot.