IUM student murder suspect denied bail

23 Jan 2017 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JAN (NAMPA) – The Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Monday denied bail to the suspect in the death of an International University of Management student.
Victor Elia, 36, made his first appearance before Magistrate Bernadine Michelle Kubersky on a charge of murder.
The body of 25-year-old Iyaloo Ndapandula Hainghumbi was found on 17 January near The Van Eck Power Station along the B1 road. Investigation shows she was hit on the head with an unknown object, which led to her death.
Prosecutor Ellen Shipena objected to the granting of bail because of the seriousness of the offence and fear that he might interfere with investigations which are at a premature stage.
It will also be against the interest of society and justice for bail to be granted at this stage, argued Shipena.
Elia told the court he understands the charge and his legal rights, and opted to get a private lawyer.
His case was postponed to the 16 March for further investigation and for him to acquire legal representation.
He remains in police custody.
Elia was last week called in for questioning before he was formally arrested as the only suspect.
Court documents say Elia and Hainghumbi were in a domestic partnership.