21 Nov 2018 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) One of the five men accused of murdering Walvis Bay businessman Hans-Jörg Möller in June 2016 will hear the ruling on his bail application on Thursday.
David Shekundja, 37, lodged his formal bail application on Monday before Acting High Court Judge Ileni Velikoshi.
On Wednesday, Velikoshi, after listening to submissions by both the accused's State-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji and State Advocate Martino Olivier, reserved the handing down of his verdict until Thursday morning.
Giving his evidence-in-chief in support of his bail application, Shekundja said he is self-employed and needs to continue running his two tuck shops located in the Goreangab Dam area, so that he can feed his five children, who are now left in the care of their respective mothers.
He informed the court that he is prepared to pay an amount of N.dollars 5 000 as bail with the assistance of his family members.
Furthermore, Shekundja informed the court that he has no single family member living outside Namibia and harbours no intention of absconding from Namibia to other countries in efforts to evade prosecution.
Meanwhile, the state advocate opposed the granting of bail, arguing that the prosecution has a strong prima facie case against Shekundja and asked the court to not entertain the accused's request for bail.
Shekundja is charged alongside Gotlieb Panduleni, 30; David Tashiya, 29; Ally Ndapuka Hinaivali, 29; and Malakia Shiweda, 28.
Möller was attacked and shot in the stomach allegedly by the five men during an armed robbery at his house, leading to his death in hospital a few days later.
The five are each charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and housebreaking with intent to rob, among other charges.
Panduleni was out on bail for three other murder charges prior to Möllers death.
Shekundja remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility's trial-awaiting section until his next court appearance.