Two more youngsters linked to Keetmanshoop murders

31 Oct 2013 22:29pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 31 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force at Keetmanshoop on Wednesday arrested two more boys in connection with the murders of three people, bringing the number of suspects aged under 18 to four.
NamPol’s Crime Investigations' Co-ordinator for the //Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak confirmed their arrest on Thursday.
The latest additions to the group are aged 16, bringing the total number of suspects to nine - eight of them learners at the J.A. Nel Senior Secondary School, plus the 41-year-old Peter Kennedy.
Stephanus Kapuka, Valentinus Brandt, Matheus Motinga, Herailes Oarum - all aged 18 - and two youngsters aged 16 and 17 appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Philanda Blockstein-Christiaan on Wednesday.
Accused number one - Kennedy - appeared in the same court during September this year, but returned for his second appearance with the two boys arrested on Wednesday.
Due to the seriousness of the crime, all accused, including the minors, were remanded in custody.
The nine suspects each face three counts of murder, and robbery with aggravated circumstances.
Their case was postponed to 15 November 2013 for further police investigations, and for them to obtain legal representation.
The learners earlier confessed to having had a hand in the stabbing and killing of Mika Johannes, 28, Helmut Isaak, 20 and Augustinus Joseph, 46, between September and October this year.
They also admitted to stabbing, beating and stealing cellphones, shoes and money from five other people.
The Principal Legal Officer at the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court, Pieter Smit represented the State on Wednesday and Thursday, with Magistrate Christiaan presiding both times.