Bail hearing in Koës murder case postponed to next year

12 Dec 2018 16:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 12 DEC (NAMPA) – The bail application of one of three men accused of murdering an elderly couple at a farm near Koës earlier this year, was on Tuesday postponed to 16 and 17 January 2019.
Johannes Christiaan made his first bail hearing appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda.
State representative Lewis Chigunwe informed the court that the State still opposes bail because it has a strong case against the accused and because the witnesses are all known to Christiaan. He could influence them or threaten them.
“The prosecutor-general’s decision states that investigations are far from being completed and it is not in the interest of the administration of justice to grant bail,” Chigunwe informed the court.
Christiaan is represented by Florian Beukes.
During their fifth court appearance on 26 November 2018, Mungunda postponed their case to 09 April 2019 for the prosecutor-general’s decision on the finalisation of the charges and the court in which the case will be heard.
Christiaan, Julius Arndt and Andries Afrikaner are accused of murdering Giel and Sarie Botma on their farm on 02 February 2018.
The three are charged with two counts of murder, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of ammunition, theft of a motor vehicle and housebreaking with intent to rob.
Arndt faces an additional charge of housebreaking with intent to steal.
They remain in custody at the Namibian Police Force holding cells at Keetmanshoop.
(NAMPA)
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