Accused in execution-style killing enters plea next Tuesday

11 Aug 2017 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) - A Yemeni man arrested for the execution-style murder of a Malian national in August 2016, is expected to enter a plea to the charge against him on Tuesday.
The 39-year-old Murad Esmail Ali Al-Hersh was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Serious Crime Investigations Unit on 02 August last year after the body of 35-year-old Gamby Maya was discovered in the Kleine Kuppe residential area on 31 July 2016.
Al-Hersh made another appearance before Magistrate Melissa Elizabeth Mungunda in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Lüderitz Street Friday morning, when his case was postponed to 15 August for the purposes of plea.
The accused was scheduled to plead Friday morning, but could not do so because his defence lawyer, Norman Tjombe, was busy with another case in the Windhoek High Court.
Public Prosecutor Cedric Tubeho Mundia did not raise objections to the postponement of the case.
The Yemeni man was refused bail on 11 November 2016, following a failed formal bail bid.
Al-Hersh was on Friday again remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility until his next court appearance on Tuesday.
Al-Hersh, who lived in South Africa before settling in Namibia, was arrested in Ongwediva in the Oshana Region. He was found in possession of about N.dollars 70 000.
It is alleged that Maya was killed after he failed to account for US dollars 150 000 (about N.dollars 2 million) following the conversion of at least US dollars 500 000 into Namibian dollars (approximately N.dollars 6.4 million).
Maya was shot once between his eyes while sitting in his green Hyundai Elantra sedan, which was later found abandoned in the Olympia residential area.