Neuaka to hear ruling in bail application Thursday

10 Oct 2018 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 OCT (NAMPA) – The ruling in the bail application by a former soldier accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in January this year, is expected to be made public in the Katutura Magistrate's Court on Thursday.
Windhoek Magistrate Uatjo Uanivi, who presided over the hearing of the formal bail application, is expected to hand down his verdict on the matter around 09h00.
Johannes Neuaka stands accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Zya Juliet Rittmann, 25, at her mother’s residence in Katutura’s Michelangelo Street on 21 January.
The victim was shot in the head with a 9mm Makarov pistol.
The 39-year-old Neuaka, through his privately-instructed defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji, brought the urgent formal bail application in May this year after having been in police custody for almost five months. He handed himself over to the police on the day of the shooting.
Meanwhile Public Prosecutor Victoria Thompson, who is representing the prosecution in the matter, is opposing the granting of the bail because of the seriousness and complexity of the charges the arrested soldier faces.
The prosecution also expressed fears that Neuaka could interfere with investigations and State witnesses, and that granting bail will not be in the interest of justice and society.
He faces a count of murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2003, a charge of being in illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license and a charge of negligent discharge of firearm.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Neuaka fled the scene in his sedan and handed himself over to the police at the Katutura Police Station.
Neuaka and the deceased have a three-year-old child.