Young man accused of killing friend denied bail

04 Feb 2019 18:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 04 FEB (NAMPA) – A 21-year-old man who allegedly stabbed and killed his 24-year-old friend, Rayno Rooi, here on Friday, was denied bail in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The accused, Andriaan Vries, made his first court appearance before Magistrate Philanda Christiaan and was denied bail because police investigations are at an early stage and it is not in the interest of the administration of justice for bail to be granted.
He was also denied bail because it is not in the interest of the public and for fear that he might interfere with State witnesses.
His case was postponed to 11 March 2019 for further police investigations and to allow the accused to acquire legal representation.
The State was represented by Joas Neemwatya.
The accused is remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police Station’s holding cells until his next court appearance.
Namibian Police Force //Kharas Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo told Nampa on Monday that Vries allegedly stabbed Rooi in the chest.
He said the incident happened near a club in the Tseiblaagte residential area in the early hours of Friday morning while the deceased was involved in a fight with another friend.
“The suspect (Vries) was not part of the fight but unprovoked just stabbed the deceased for no apparent reason and killed him instantly,” he said.
The next of kin of the deceased have been informed.