Accused in brother’s death remanded in custody

07 Nov 2016 12:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 NOV (NAMPA) - A 42-year-old man accused of killing his 31-year-old brother by stabbing him four times here on Sunday, was remanded in custody Monday morning.
Johannes Namaseb appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Helvi Shilemba on charges of murder and attempted murder.
Shilemba explained to Namaseb his legal right to engage a private lawyer; apply for a State funded lawyer or defend himself in court.
Namaseb opted to conduct his own defence.
He was not asked to plead.
Prosecutor Johannes Kalipi strongly opposed bail, saying the accused faces serious charges and police investigations have just begun.
His case was postponed to 02 February 2017 for further police investigations.
Namaseb was advised to apply for formal bail.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Otjozondjupa Regional Liaison Officer, Sergeant Martha Andjamba told Nampa on Sunday the accused allegedly stabbed his brother, Jesaya Namaseb, three times in the chest and once in the arm at their family residence at approximately 02h30.
The stabbings occurred after Johannes allegedly first stabbed his 47-year-old sister once in the back. Jesaya attempted to stop Johannes from attacking their sister further.
Jesaya was taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital where he was declared dead upon arrival.
The wounded woman was admitted to the same hospital Sunday morning in a stable condition.
Police investigations continue.