Accused in partenity saga killing absent from court

28 Nov 2017 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - A Windhoek resident accused of murdering a four-year-old boy in July 2015 after rumours surfaced that he was not the child’s biological father, was on Tuesday absent before court.
The 46-year-old Simon Muno Reeves Dawid was scheduled to make another appearance before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo during a pre-trial conference of case management review on Tuesday morning, but did not show up.
Dawid's government-funded defence lawyer, Mbanga Siyomuinji, also made several calls to his client's mobile phone, but was not reachable.
As a result of Dawid's absence before court today, Judge Nduaendapo was left with no other option than issuing a warrant for the immediate arrest of the accused.
Dawid's bail of N.dollars 4000 was also provisionally cancelled, but held over until his next court appearance on 12 December this year (2017).
If Dawid fails to appear before court on 12 December 2017, his bail and bail money will then be finally cancelled and forfeited to State coffers.
Dawid is accused of intentionally killing Athanosius Katholo Reeves Simbo on 05 July 2015 by hitting the child against a concrete wall at a house in Mika Shimbuli Street in Katutura.
The State alleges that at the time of the boy’s birth on 20 August 2010, Dawid and the child’s biological mother, Stella Fatima Simbo, were in a romantic relationship and she told the accused he was the child’s father.
Their relationship ended in 2012 and the child remained in Dawid’s care.
Rumours, however, started to surface in the community that he was not Simbo’s biological father.
Subsequent to the child’s death, DNA test results also confirmed that Dawid was in fact not the child’s biological father.
State Advocate Cliff Lutibezi appeared for the State.