02 Mar 2016 20:30pm
RUNDU, 02 MAR (NAMPA) - A 45-year-old man who allegedly murdered his wife and seven-year-old son in October last year, will remain in custody after his formal bail application was dismissed here on Wednesday.
Vendislaus Mbangu Mutero allegedly shot to death his wife who was seven months pregnant at the time and his seven-year-old son after a heated argument between the couple at Ndiyona in the Kavango East Region.
He handed himself over to law enforcement officers after he allegedly committed the double murder.
Mutero was denied bail on the grounds that it is feared that he will interfere with State witnesses and with the police investigations, which have not been completed yet, Rundu Magistrate Barry Mufana ruled.
Mufana presided over the case, while Public Prosecutor Emma Majavero represented the State.
In his bail application, Mutero informed the court that his wife grabbed the firearm and they were involved in a struggle over the weapon, which then fell onto the ground.
He said that as he picked up the firearm it went off and the bullet hit his wife.
Mufana questioned the fact that Mutero did not mention in his application what the couple was arguing about.
With regards to his sons death, Mutero told the court he had left his injured wife and was on his way to report the matter to the police when a group of people started surrounding him.
Mutero said he thought those people were chasing him, so he took out his firearm and shot once. The bullet hit his son.
Mufana questioned the fact that Mutero was not sure whether the crowd of people he saw was indeed after him, and why he fired in the direction of his son and not at any of the other people.
The applicant also did not explain that the people posed a danger to his life, he said.
Mufana went on to say there has been a huge public outcry against violent crimes against women and children, specifically with regards to domestic violence.
I have no doubt in my mind that the public interest in this case cannot be ignored, he noted, before indicating that it would not be in the interest of justice to grant bail.
Veteran lawyer Arumugam Thambapilai represented the accused.