Man accused of poisoning wife granted bail

28 Feb 2017 15:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – A man accused of poisoning his wife to death at Swakopmund more than two years ago, was Monday granted bail of N.dollars 10 000.
Madala Junias Jonas, who was 48-years-old at the time of his arrest in October 2014, appeared before Magistrate Surita Savage in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder.
He allegedly poisoned his 43-year-old wife Mutaleni Yalukeni Jonas for unknown reasons.
His bail conditions state that since he resides in Karibib, he may not enter the town of Swakopmund except on the day of his next court appearance when he may enter the town at 08h00 but must leave no later than 18h00 that day.
He is also forbidden to communicate with State witnesses in his case and must inform the investigating officer dealing with his case if he intends to leave the Karibib District.
His case was postponed to 29 May for further police investigation.
The postponement also gives the State a chance to obtain the results of the toxicology test to determine whether Mutaleni died of poisoning.
On the day of the suspected poisoning, Madala allegedly bought two bottles of beer and started drinking with Mutaleni. Later, she was apparently screaming that her husband had poisoned her.
About two months before the alleged poisoning, Madala allegedly shot at Mutaleni with a pistol but the bullet missed her and hit a television set.
It is also not clear why he shot at her.
The shooting incident in August 2014 led to Madala's first arrest on charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm without a license and the illegal possession of ammunition.
He was then granted bail of N.dollars 5 000 on 05 August but with a protection order that barred him from seeing his now-deceased wife and/or visiting their house in Mondesa where she lived.
The order also required him to leave the Swakopmund District, which had him move about 175 kilometres east and stay in Karibib.
Madala violated that order by returning to their house in Mondesa, where he allegedly poisoned his wife.
As such, he is now also facing a charge of violating a protection order.