Police officer in love-triangle killing trial to start next week

19 Oct 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 OCT (NAMPA) - The trial of a senior Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer accused of killing a learner and wounding a woman in a shooting incident at Gobabis in March 2016, begins in the High Court here next week.
Detective Inspector Lazarus Oscar Awaseb, 49, made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Thursday, when he was informed that his murder trial will begin at about 09h00 on Wednesday at the newly-refurbished High Court building located at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility before High Court Judge Dinah Usiku.
Awaseb was the head of NamPolÂ’s Criminal Investigations Unit at Gobabis at the time of the shooting incident.
He is accused of shooting and wounding his ex-girlfriend, Mildred Haoses, 22, and shooting and killing 18-year-old Odilo Rathebe Motonane on 22 March 2016.
He faces charges of murder, attempted murder, negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of firearm and ammunition without a licence, malicious damage to property and theft.
The prosecution alleges that the romantic relationship between Awaseb and Haoses developed during 2015 and at that stage, Haoses was apparently already involved in a relationship with Motonane.
However, Haoses allegedly terminated her relationship with Awaseb in March 2016 and the detective inspector was not happy about it.
Awaseb allegedly showed up at HaosesÂ’ shack in the early morning hours of 22 March 2016, where he found her in bed with the youngster.
He allegedly first shot Motonane dead before shooting and wounding Haoses three times in the hip and thigh. She managed to flee from the shack before Awaseb shot himself in the shoulder.
State-funded defence lawyer Mese Tjituri defends the accused police officer while Advocate Cliff Litubezi appears for the State.
Awaseb remains in custody at the Hosea Kutako International Airport Police holding cells with no option of posting bail.