Walvis taxi murder suspects remanded in custody

15 Mar 2016 16:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 15 MAR (NAMPA) - Four of six men arrested on Saturday in Walvis Bay in connection with a murder in Kuisebmund, were on Tuesday remanded in police custody when they appeared in court.
Mathias Nuujoma, 25; Stephanus Ngenokesho, 21; Simon Gerson, 28; and Jeremia Simon, 18; appeared before Walvis Bay Magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis.
Joseph Ndeyapo Hekandjo, 38, was last Wednesday stabbed once in the chest while sitting in a taxi in front of AP Lounge at about 03h00.
This happened after the deceased, who worked at the lounge, allegedly got into an argument with four male customers.
Hekandjo, who worked as a security guard and gambling assistant, allegedly fired warning shots during the quarrel and then stopped a taxi to take him home.
Four men then allegedly punctured the taxi's tyres before one of them entered the vehicle via a rear passenger door, grabbed the deceased by the neck from behind and stabbed him in the chest. They then fled the scene.
Nuujoma is the number one accused as it is suspected that he is the one who stabbed the deceased.
Ngenokesho is also charged with murder, while the other two are charged with malicious damage to property for allegedly puncturing the tyres.
Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa on Tuesday said the other two suspects were released on Monday as they appeared not to have a direct connection with the murder.
“There is one more suspect to be arrested,” she said.
Prosecutor Tuihaleni Hilikuete requested the court to remand the accused persons in custody due to the seriousness of the case and that police investigations are still underway.
They are expected to return before that same court on 12 April 2016.