Five accused in Walvis Bay murder case pleading to charges Wednesday

12 Nov 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – Five men arrested in connection with the death of Walvis Bay businessman Hans-Jörg Möller in June 2016, are scheduled to enter their preliminary pleas to the charges against them on Wednesday.
The five are Gotlieb Panduleni, 30; David Tashiya, 29; David Shekundja, 35; Ally Ndapuka Hinaivali, 29; and Malakia Shiweda, 28.
They appeared before High Court Judge Dinah Usiku at the court building located at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility on Monday, when their murder case was postponed to Wednesday for the entering of their preliminary pleas in terms of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.
The postponement will also allow Panduleni and his newly appointed State-funded defence lawyer, Titus Mbaeva to go through the docket of the case and for Mbaeva to get further instructions from his client.
Defence lawyers Mbaeva, Christopher Dube, Titus Ipumbu, Trevor Brockerhoff and Mese Tjituri are defending the accused persons, acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid.
Möller was allegedly viciously attacked and shot in the stomach by the five men during an armed robbery at his house, leading to his death in the hospital a few days later.
The men are each charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and housebreaking with intent to rob, among other charges.
Accused Panduleni was out on bail for three other murder cases when he allegedly committed the latest crime.
Möller’s wife, Carol-Ann Sowden Möller, and friends were also present in court on Monday.
State Advocate Martino Olivier is appearing for the prosecution.