Pleas in Möller murder case put on hold until Friday

14 Nov 2018 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 NOV (NAMPA) – Pleas by five men arrested in connection with the murder of Walvis Bay businessman Hans-Jörg Möller in June 2016, were Wednesday put on hold until Friday this week.
Gotlieb Panduleni, 30; David Tashiya, 29; David Shekundja, 35; Ally Ndapuka Hinaivali, 29; and Malakia Shiweda, 28; were scheduled to enter their preliminary pleas to the charges against them, but could not do so because accused Tashiya was absent before court as he was sick.
Tashiya’s government-appointed defence lawyer Mese Tjituri presented his medical certificate before court which showed that he would not be available for the rest of the day.
Another delay was caused by Panduleni’s defence lawyer Titus Mbaeva, who brought an urgent application before court, asking the prosecution to furnish further particulars in respect of the charges his client is facing.
This application will be heard Friday morning and presiding High Court Judge Dinah Usiku will make a ruling after the hearing.
The application for further particulars is brought before court in terms of the provisions of Section 87 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.
Defence lawyers Tjituri, Mbaeva, Christopher Dube, Titus Ipumbu and Trevor Brockerhoff 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 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.
State Advocate Martino Olivier is appearing for the prosecution.