23 Nov 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 24 NOV(NAMPA) - Five men arrested in connection with the death of Walvis Bay businessman, Hans-Jorg Möller, in that coastal town in June last year, made their first appearance in the High Court here on Thursday.
The five are Gotlieb Panduleni, 30; David Tashiya, 29; David Shekundja, 35; Ally Ndapuka Hinaivali, 29; and Malakia Shiweda, 28.
They appeared before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review.
Their case was remanded until 18 January 2018 to allow the accused's State-funded defence lawyers, Christopher Dube and Titus Ipumbu, to file responses to the questions contained in a questionnaire of the prosecution's pre-trial memorandum.
The lawyers were also provided with copies of the disclosure of the case, charge sheet and a list of State witnesses who will give evidence on behalf of the prosecution during trial, a photo plan with all photos that were taken at the scene of crime and other related documents in preparation of the defence of their clients.
The five men were first held in custody at the Walvis Bay Prison but are now held at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility as per order issued by Judge Liebenberg in court Thursday.
Möller was allegedly viciously attacked and shot in the stomach by the five men during an armed robbery at his house, leading to his death in the hospital a few days later.
The five are each charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and housebreaking with intent to rob, among other charges.
Accused Panduleni was on bail for three other murder cases when he allegedly committed the latest crime.
Möllers wife, Carol-Ann Sowden Möller, and friends were also present in court on Thursday.
State Advocate Martino Olivier appeared for the prosecution.