Koës bail hearing postponed to late February

11 Feb 2019 17:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 11 FEB (NAMPA) – The bail hearing of one of three men accused of murdering an elderly couple at a farm near Koës early last year, was on Monday postponed due to the unavability of Magistrate Melissa Mungunda.
The accused, Johannes Christiaan, made his third appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Frans Anderson, who postponed his bail hearing to 21 February 2019.
State representative Lewis Chigunwe told Nampa that Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who is handling Christiaan’s case, had to assist the court in Aroab and was therefore unavailable.
At the start of the accused’s bail hearing in December last year, Chigunwe informed the court that the State opposed bail because it has a strong case against Christiaan and because the witnesses are all known to Christiaan, which means he could influence or threaten them.
Chigunwe added 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 bail.
During his second bail hearing appearance in January this year, 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.
He also claimed that he does not know the witnesses in the case and he could not interfere or influence them.
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.