Havana residents oppose granting of bail to ‘bow and arrow shooter’

01 Feb 2019 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) – A group of Havana residents, relatives and friends of a man allegedly shot and wounded with a bow and arrow, on Friday staged a peaceful demonstration in front of the Katutura Magistrate’s Court against the granting of bail to the accused person.
The accused, David Amupanda Awala, allegedly shot the victim, Tangeni Andreas, in the Havana informal settlement in Windhoek on 23 December 2018.
The aggrieved people handed over a written petition to court officials, appealing to the magistrate not to grant bail to the accused until the finalisation of his alleged attempted murder case.
They said he is a danger to the community and that there was a likelihood that he would commit similar offences once released on bail.
The peaceful demonstration and the handing over of the petition took place at the same time as the continuation of Awala’s formal bail bid before Windhoek Magistrate Kamboua Umunani on Friday morning.
Receiving the petition, court officials who asked not to be named promised the demonstrators that their petition would be forwarded to the relevant authorities immediately.
“No bail should be given to David Awala because he is danger to the community. He made some threats that he will come out of prison and shoot another member of our family. We want to see the weapon (bow and arrow) he used to shoot the victim, Tangeni Andreas,” reads some of the messages contained in the petition.
The 33-year-old Awala, through his privately-instructed defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji, brought the formal bail application on 15 January 2019 in an effort to be set free while awaiting the finalisation of his case.
Awala told the court he wants to be granted bail because his businesses are suffering losses as a result of his continued incarceration.
Meanwhile, public prosecutor Pieter Smit is objecting to the granting of bail on the grounds that there might be risk of absconding, the possibility of committing another criminal offence and attempting to interfere with the police investigations by way of indirectly or directly contacting State witnesses.
Awala is facing a count of assault with attempt to cause grievous bodily harm and attempted murder in respect of the shooting incident that caused the hospitalisation of the victim.
He was arrested the same day of the incident.
He owns a bar, a farming plot in the North with several animals and 12 people are in his employment.
Awala allegedly shot the victim with the bow and arrow after a fight broke out between him and the victim and the victim’s brother.
The accused claimed that when he was approached by the victim and they started fighting, everyone in the vicinity also started fighting, and he later saw the accused on the floor bleeding and then left the scene.
He remains in custody at the Wanaheda Police Station’s trial-awaiting section, pending the outcome of his formal bail application.
The victim was discharged from hospital and is now recovering at home.