Man in court for killing girlfriend at Keetmanshoop

02 Jan 2019 17:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 02 JAN (NAMPA) – A 34-year-old man accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend here on Sunday, made his first court appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Charles Awaseb appeared before Assistant Magistrate Zelda Vries, who postponed his case to 01 March 2019 to allow for further police investigations and for him to acquire legal aid.
State representative, Marlon Adams explained to the court that the state opposes the granting of bail to the accused person because police investigations are at an early stage and that it is not in the interest of proper administration of justice to grant bail.
“The accused is faced with a serious case and he is also having previous convictions,” Adams further told the court.
Awaseb was thus remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police holding cell until his next court appearance.
According to Deputy Commissioner Tauno Hamukoto, the Namibian Police Force’s Head of Administration for //Kharas, the accused (Awaseb) allegedly stabbed 35-year-old Juliana Isaaks with a knife in the neck.
The incident happened at around 15h00 in Keetmanshoop’s Ileni residential area.
“The deceased died on the spot due to blood loss,” he said.
Turning to an unrelated incident, Hamukoto told Nampa on Wednesday that a 39-year-old man was also arrested on Tuesday for allegedly raping an eight-year-old girl Monday night in the Tseiblaagte residential area.
It is alleged that the suspect was left with the victim, who is a relative, in the house while all the other family members were out to celebrate New Year’s Day.
“The suspect allegedly threatened the girl with a belt before he raped her,” he concluded.