No bail for security guard charged with learner's death

23 Oct 2013 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT(NAMPA) - A Windhoek-based security guard who stands accused of shooting and killing a Grade 10 learner at the Ella du Plessis Senior Secondary School in the capital on Monday, has been refused bail.
The 21-year-old security guard, Silas Titus, was refused bail when he made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura here on Wednesday morning.
He appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Claudia Claassen on a charge of murder, and his case was postponed to 09 December this year in order to allow further police investigations into the matter.
Titus appeared in person with no legal representation, and was informed of his Constitutional rights to apply to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-funded defence lawyer to defend him during future court proceedings and trial proper.
He then applied for State-sponsored legal representation shortly after he appeared in court.
Public Prosecutor Peter Kandjumbwa appeared for the State today.
The victim in the matter is 18-year-old Tjarirove Challo Ndiriraro Makono.
The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi told Nampa on enquiry on Tuesday morning that a group of male learners, including the victim, allegedly started provoking the security guard at about 19h00 on Monday evening for reasons only known to themselves.
During the alleged provocation, the victim allegedly attacked the security guard with some unknown objects.
As a result of the alleged attack, the security guard took out his service pistol and allegedly shot the victim once through the head.
Makono was immediately transported to the Katutura State Hospital for further medical attention but died after about 30 minutes of his admission at that hospital, explained Shikwambi.
The security guard was arrested on Monday evening by the police shortly after the alleged shooting incident.
He is employed by Inter Africa Security Services.