Ex-cop murder accused wants bail

29 Jan 2019 16:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – A 32-year-old former police officer accused of murdering his girlfriend at Koës in November last year, on Tuesday brought forth a formal bail hearing application in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court.
The accused, Paul Rooi, made the application when he made his second appearance before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed his case to the 04 February 2019 for the bail hearing.
Rooi will be represented by Louis le Grange during his bail application.
During his first court appearance on 05 November 2018, Rooi was denied bail out of fear that he might interfere with State witnesses as well as the investigations into the case being at an infant stage.
The accused also indicated that he wished to apply for legal aid and Stephan Coetzee was appointed to represent him in the matter.
The State was represented by Frederick van der Colf.
It is alleged that Rooi and his girlfriend, Marna Hanse had a fight in front of a club at the village on the night of 01 November 2018.
Friends took Hanse home, where her family discovered that she was bleeding from the mouth. She was then taken to a nearby clinic, where she died.
Rooi is being held at the Koës police holding cells until his next court appearance.