Trial in Finnish man's death begins in April

22 Feb 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) - The trial of a Windhoek resident, who allegedly shot and killed a Finnish man during a road rage incident in 2015, begins in the High Court here on 10 April 2017.
Danne Rodney Shaningwa, 43, made his fourth appearance on Wednesday morning before High Court Judge, Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review, when he was informed about the date of the trial.
The date was decided in court on Wednesday by Shaningwa's privately-instructed defence lawyer, Slysken Makando and State representative, Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef.
The Office of the Prosecutor-General on 29 August 2016 transferred Shaningwa’s case from the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court to the High Court.
Shaningwa faces three charges namely murder, failure to report an accident within 24 hours after its occurrence and defeating the course of the administration of justice for hiding his sedan vehicle allegedly involved in the accident.
Police arrested him at his family home in Windhoek on 11 August 2015 after being on the run for almost two days.
Shaningwa allegedly fired nine rounds from his pistol, killing Ronni Marco Kristian Uolevi, 42, at around 00h30 on 09 August 2015.
Uolevi allegedly drove into the back of Shaningwa’s car in front of Joker’s Pizzeria and Sports Bar in Bell Street.
After the shooting, Shaningwa allegedly got back into his car and drove off.
The pistol allegedly used during the incident was recovered by investigating officers at the time of his arrest.
Shaningwa remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail, after being refused bail at the end of his formal bail application in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in August 2015.