Walvis Bay murder accused awaits psychiatric observation

19 May 2017 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 19 MAY (NAMPA) - A Walvis Bay resident who allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend at Independence Beach in the Kuisebmond residential area in 2014, will have to undergo a psychiatric observation.
Murder accused Jomo Petrus, 31, has already been placed on the waiting list and will undergo a 30-day observation in the Windhoek Central Hospital's psychiatric section to determine his psychiatric capability before, during and after he allegedly committed the offence.
Court documents availed to Nampa on Friday show that Petrus made another appearance before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute during a pre-trial conference of case management on Thursday, when he was informed that his case was postponed until 16 June for his admission to the psychiatric unit.
This was done as per an agreement reached by his government-funded defence lawyer, Natji Tjirare and State representative, Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef.
Petrus allegedly stole his uncle’s pistol and used it to shoot and kill his girlfriend, Louise Alupe at Independence Beach on 16 November 2014 after she broke up with him.
Detective Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay told Nampa at the time the police were also investigating how Petrus managed to get hold of his uncle’s gun.
He lived with his uncle in Marlyn Street in Kuisebmond.
It is reported the 24-year-old Alupe was blindfolded and shot in the head twice at close range.
Petrus faces charges of murder, theft of a firearm, alternatively, the illegal possession of a firearm.
On the day of the alleged murder, he allegedly also turned the gun on himself but it jammed.
In another failed suicide attempt, he allegedly resorted to slitting his wrists with a broken bottle.
Petrus was arrested at the scene.
He remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.