Accused in death of student nurse remanded in custody

15 Nov 2016 13:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 15 NOV (NAMPA) – A 56-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a 27-year-old first-year student nurse at Otjiwarongo over the weekend, was on Tuesday remanded in custody.
Rudolf Gowaseb appeared before the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court Tuesday morning on charges of murder and attempted murder.
He allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Ricarda Naobes, at a bar in the Orwetoveni residential area at around 23h30 on Saturday.
Gowaseb appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Helvi Shilemba, who explained his legal right to engage a lawyer of his choice, apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Department, or defend himself in court.
He opted to engage a private lawyer and also pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Prosecutor Coleen Yisa strongly opposed the granting of bail.
Gowaseb was then remanded in custody.
His case was postponed to 25 January 2017 for further police investigations.
The magistrate, however, advised Gowaseb to file a formal bail application if he wants to be released on bail.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Sunday told Nampa Gowaseb and Naobes had a heated quarrel at a bar.
The police officer said Naobes was seen leaving the bar with Gowaseb following her. He was allegedly armed with a pistol and is said to have fired several shots in the direction where people were standing. One shot hit Naobes in the leg.
She fell to the ground and Gowaseb then allegedly fired at her at close range.
Naobes died on the spot.
Gowaseb fled the scene in his vehicle and was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning in Khorixas, where he runs businesses.
The couple have two children.
Police investigations in the matter continue.