Americans murder trial resumes in October

29 Aug 2017 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 AUG (NAMPA)- The continuation of the trial of two Americans arrested in connection with the alleged killing of Windhoek resident Andre Heckmair in January 2011, will resume in the High Court on 10 October.
Marcus Kevin Tomas, 30, and Kevan Townsend, 29, made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Tuesday morning when they were informed of the continuation of their alleged murder trial.
The trial is set to run until 20 October.
The date for the continuation of the trial was decided upon as per agreement reached between Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef and the Americans' State-funded defence lawyers Mbanga Siyomuinji and Amoomo Kadhila in court Tuesday morning.
The duo each faces a charge of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and attempting to defeat the course of justice.
During their first court appearance on 14 January 2011, Townsend denied knowing Heckmair, claiming he first heard the name after his arrest.
According to police, Heckmair was scheduled to return to Europe for studies after spending a holiday with his family in Namibia, but was found dead behind the wheel of a Land Cruiser pick-up at a cul-de-sac in Klein Windhoek on 12 January 2011.
Heckmair allegedly died of a single shot to the head.
Prompt investigations launched by the police led them to a guesthouse in Windhoek West later that day, where they arrested the two Americans.
The police initially arrested the two Americans on a charge of illegal possession of dagga in order to keep them in custody while they were still busy investigating the murder case and their links to Heckmair.
Townsend is a resident of New York while Tomas lives in Los Angeles.
The duo remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Facility until their next court appearance on 10 October.