07 Sep 2016 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) A police constable who allegedly stabbed his two sons to death in Gobabis in April 2014 in a fit of jealousy, wants to be released on bail.
Albertus !Ganeb allegedly stabbed Tirtus Romeo Shaun Swartz, 7, and the four-year-old Gregory Swartz at the Epako settlement on 25 April 2014.
Tirtus died on the scene while Gregory succumbed to his injuries in the Katutura State Hospital a few days after the incident.
The 30-year-old police officer on Wednesday brought an urgent formal bail application to the High Court.
!Ganeb, through his State-funded defence lawyer Africa Jantjies, told presiding Acting High Court Judge Boas Usiku that he needs bail in order to raise funds to help members of his family who have financial problems at the moment.
The accused informed the court that he will not abscond from Namibia to other countries once released on bail and will not interfere with police investigations.
Prosecution representative, Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef objected to the granting of bail on the grounds that !Ganeb might abscond from Namibia before the finalisation of the double murder case, because the State has a prima facie case against him.
Verhoef said Romily Swartz, the boys' mother, also raised concern and said she fears for her life should he be granted bail. She will be called to court at a later stage to testify on behalf of the prosecution.
The bail application hearing continues on Thursday.
!Ganeb told High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review on 12 May 2016 that he has no recollection of the event.
I was completely intoxicated and, therefore, could not recall much of the alleged stabbing incident, he said when he asked the court to be sent for 30 days of mental fitness observation. He later dropped that application.
!Ganeb allegedly stabbed his two sons after he had seen a text message from another man on the phone of the children's mother.
He then allegedly threatened to kill Romily, the two boys and the person who sent the text message.
Tirtus was stabbed four times in the head and once in the neck; and Gregory once in the neck, once in the head and once in the back.
!Ganeb remains in police custody at the Hosea Kutako International Airport holding cells until Thursday when he returns to the High Court for the continuation of the bail hearing.