Bail hearing in Koës murder case sees another postponement

23 Jan 2019 20:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 23 JAN (NAMPA) – The bail application of one of three men accused of murdering an elderly couple at a farm near Koës early last year, was on Tuesday postponed to 11 February 2019.
The third accused, Johannes Christiaan, made his second bail hearing appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda.
During his first bail hearing appearance in December last year, State representative Lewis Chigunwe informed the court that the State still opposes bail because it has a strong case against the accused and the witnesses are all known to Christiaan and he could influence or threaten them.
He also informed the court that 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 him bail.
During cross examination by his defence lawyer Florian Beukes on Monday, Christiaan told the court that he was not with his co-accused persons when they went into the deceased’s house and he was only arrested because he was implicated by his co-accused.
“I was not there in the house and the reason we went to the deceased’s farm was because accused one said we are going to collect meat from his friend that works on the farm,” he said.
He also claimed that he does not know the State witnesses and he could not interfere or influence them.
Christiaan proposed bail amounting to N.dollars 10 000 as he understands that he faces serious charges.
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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