28 Nov 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - A Malawian national arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident in which a 22-year-old man died over the weekend, has been refused bail.
The 24-year-old Chakufwa Chihana was refused bail when he made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Public Prosecutor Fillemon Nyau opposed the granting of bail on the grounds that he may abscond once released on bail in efforts to evade prosecution.
Other reasons for the refusal of bail were that Chihana is facing serious charges of culpable homicide and reckless or negligent driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and, therefore, it would not be in the interest of the public and administration of justice to release him on bail at the moment.
Chihana has obtained the service of local defence lawyer Kadhila Amoomo.
He is charged alongside Namibian Samson Njuva, 23.
However, the Namibian was only charged with reckless or negligent driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and not culpable homicide.
Their case was remanded until 23 January 2017, as police investigations into the matter were still at an early stage.
Njuva is free on bail of N.dollars 4 000.
NamPol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjvi told a media briefing on Sunday Chihana allegedly ran over Donald Ryan Kawarie, 22, along Independence Avenue opposite the Katutura central shops in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Njuva, who was in another vehicle, then allegedly drove over Kawarie, dragging him along for a few metres.
Kawarie died on the spot.
The two accused appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Duarte Kesslau.