Accused in alleged Hochfeld murder wants psychiatric observation

10 Oct 2013 15:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 10 OCT (NAMPA) - A 31-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a man and his three dogs and burying them in an aardvark burrow at a farm in the Hochfeld area, appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning.
Karl Eichoff was not asked to plead, but he asked Okahandja magistrate Reynold Swartz to allow him to be sent for psychiatric observation.
Swartz informed him that he can apply to the court to be allowed to go for psychiatric evaluation, as long as it is done in his private capacity.
Eichoff has acquired a private lawyer, Willem Visser from the Bernard and Stern law firm in Windhoek.
His lawyer was not present in court on Thursday.
Visser had arranged for a postponement of the case to 25 November 2013 with State Prosecutor Ludwina Mundumbi prior to the court proceedings.
The case was thus postponed for further police investigations, and the accused was remanded at the police holding cells at Okahandja.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa that a sizeable number of community members on Thursday staged a peaceful demonstration in Okahandja, opposing bail for the accused.
Khairabeb said the accused allegedly shot 51-year-old Cornelius ‘Axarob’ Slinger and his three dogs.
He then allegedly buried Slinger’s body in an aardvark burrow at Farm Vergenoeg, along with his dead dogs.
Khairabeb explained that the deceased went missing from his homestead adjacent to Farm Vergenoeg, which is situated more than 240 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region, on Sunday.
When Slinger did not return home by Sunday, his family reported him as missing to the Hochfeld police station on Monday.
The police and some community members then teamed up to search for him.
“Late on Monday afternoon, the police and the family members obtained information that Slinger was allegedly shot dead with his three dogs at Farm Vergenoeg,” Khairabeb continued.
On Tuesday morning, the police investigated the matter, and found the remains of Slinger and his dogs in the shallow aardvark burrow.
Khairabeb said the dogs were buried first, and it shows Slinger’s body was then placed on top of the dogs.
When the community members saw Slinger’s remains, they turned violent, and wanted to attack Eichoff, whom they suspected of the killings.
Eichoff is the son of the owner of Farm Vergenoeg.
The motive behind the killings is still not known, and police investigations continue.
(NAMPA)
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