Tsumkwe murder accused remanded in custody

26 Jul 2017 15:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 26 JUL (NAMPA) - A 22-year-old man was Tuesday remanded in police custody at Grootfontein on a charge of murder that he allegedly committed on Friday at Grasshoek in the Tsumkwe Constituency.
Cwi Kalabashi made his first court appearance on Tuesday before Grootfontein Magistrate Clara Mwilima.
Kalabshi allegedly stabbed 23-year-old Kunta N!ani with a knife three times - twice in the back and once in the throat - at about 14h00.
N!ani was Friday taken to the Grootfontein State Hospital in critical condition and died on Saturday.
His close relatives have been informed of his death.
Kalabashi was then arrested and on Tuesday appeared in court, where he was informed of his right to engage a private lawyer, apply for a State funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid, or defend himself.
Kalabashi opted to apply for legal aid.
His case was then postponed to 15 September 2017 for further police investigation and to allow him to acquire legal representation.
Public Prosecutor Patricia Matengu represented the State.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on enquiry Wednesday they are still busy to establish the exact cause of the stabbing incident.
Police investigations in the matter continue.