Investigations into co-worker killing case now finalised

16 Feb 2018 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 FEB (NAMPA) - Investigations into the case of a Windhoek resident who stands accused of shooting and killing his co-worker in November 2016, are now complete.
Julian Dawson, 39, faces a charge of murder following a shooting at a year-end work party at a bar in Windhoek in mid-November 2016, which claimed the life of Sheku Bonifatius Tjihepo, 35.
Dawson made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Friday before Magistrate Alweendo Sebby Venatius, when Public Prosecutor Cedric Tubeho Mundia informed the court that the police investigations into the matter are now finalised.
In addition, Mundia told the court that the results of the forensic laboratory examinations by the National Forensic Laboratory of Namibia are also now made available before the prosecuting authority.
The matter was remanded until 01 March 2018 to allow Dawson’s defence lawyer Sarel Maritz to come to court and explain the reasons of his absence before court on Friday.
Dawson is free on bail of N.dollars 10 000, and his bail was also extended until his next court appearance.
The State alleges that Dawson shot and killed his colleague at a bar in Ausspannplatz on 12 November 2016.
According to the prosecution, he shot and killed Tjihepo while the two men were allegedly wrestling over a gun.
Allegations are that an initial argument broke out between the two, which resulted in Dawson taking out a gun and firing three shots at random, while they were in the company of friends and colleagues.
Tjihepo was shot while he tried to wrestle the gun away from Dawson.
One bullet penetrated his chest and another his back.
Both men were allegedly under the influence of alcohol.