No bail for alleged Rehoboth farmer killer
15 Nov 2013 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 15 NOV (NAMPA) - A man arrested by the Namibian Police earlier this week in connection with the alleged killing of 70-year-old farmer Adriaan du Plessis in the Rehoboth District in the Hardap Region, has been refused bail.
The 29-year-old suspect, Cassius Garoeb, made a brief appearance in the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court there on Friday morning, when he was remanded in police custody.
Garoeb appeared in person with no legal representation, and his case was remanded until 27 March next year, as police investigations into the matter are still at an initial stage.
He is facing a charge of murder and arson.
This was officially confirmed by officials at the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court who asked not to be named for professional reasons.
Earlier reports carried by the local English daily newspaper the 'Namibian Sun' had it that the alleged brutal killing took place at Farm Karanas, located about 75 kilometres from Rehoboth.
Du Plessis was last seen alive on Friday last week by his brother Dawid who lives only a few metres from him on Frm Karanas East.
It is suspected that Du Plessis was murdered early on Sunday morning, and that the suspect returned to the farmhouse on Monday afternoon to set fire to it.
Du Plessis house, garage and a vehicle were torched on Monday afternoon at approximately 17h00.
Du Plessis was found was lying on his back in what has been described as a storeroom.
Inside his house the safe was broken open.
Police say the safe had contained a large sum of money and a pistol.