Swakopmund teen faces murder charge after stab victim dies

21 Jan 2019 13:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 21 JAN (NAMPA) – The 17-year-old Swakopmund boy who allegedly stabbed his cousin on New Year’s Day now faces murder charges, after the victim succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.
The Namibian Police Force’s Crime Investigations Coordinator for Erongo, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu confirmed the victim’s death at the Mediclinic Cottage Hospital and the change in criminal charges on Monday.
The accused and his 23-year-old cousin, Lorenzo Kharixub, were allegedly involved in an altercation at their residence in the Mondesa residential area on 01 January. He then allegedly stabbed his cousin in the head.
The teenager made his first appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on 10 January.
During his first appearance the minor, who was thereafter released into the care of his father, opted to seek the services of a private attorney to represent him during the case.
During the court appearance, State Prosecutor Dalon Quickfall requested a juvenile screening and the case was postponed to 30 January 2018.