22 Nov 2013 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) - A 31-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a man and his three dogs and burying them in an aardvark burrow at a farm in the Hochfeld area last month, has been refused bail.
Karl Eichhoff was refused bail on Friday afternoon following the ending of his unsuccessful formal bail application that was heard in the Okahandja Magistrate's Court as from Tuesday this week.
Magistrate Khae Primus Swartz, who presided over the hearing of the failed bail bid, refused to grant bail to the suspected killer after the prosecution team, led by Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef, presented evidence indicating that Eichhoff is a flight risk and could abscond from Namibia to other countries once released on bail.
Other grounds for the refusal of bail are that Eichhoff is facing serious charges of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice, and that it would not be in the interests of the public to grant him bail at the moment.
His case was on Friday remanded until 24 February 2014, pending further police investigations into the matter.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Willem Visser represented Eichhoff during his failed bail bid.
In the matter, Eichhoff stands accused of allegedly shooting and killing the 51-year-old Cornelius Axarob Slinger and his three dogs.
Eichhoff then allegedly buried Slingers body in an aardvark burrow at Farm Vergenoeg, along with his dead dogs.
The deceased person went missing from his homestead adjacent to Farm Vergenoeg, which is situated more than 240 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region, some days before the alleged killing took place.
When Slinger did not return home one Sunday, his family reported him as missing to the Hochfeld Police Station.
The police and some community members then teamed up to search for him.
Police investigated the matter, and found the remains of Slinger and his dogs in the shallow aardvark burrow.
The dogs were buried first, and Slingers body was then placed on top of that of the dogs.
Eichhoff is the son of the owner of Farm Vergenoeg.