City centre shooter to make second court appearance on Friday

28 Feb 2019 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – A Ministry of Health and Social Services employee who allegedly shot dead a former colleague and wounded another at the City Centre Building in Windhoek in January, is scheduled to make a second court appearance on Friday.
The 33-year-old accused, Simasiku Simataa Simasiku, was ordered to remain in police custody when he made his first appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley on 30 January. His murder and attempted murder case was postponed to 01 March 2019, pending further police investigations.
On 30 January Simasiku, who appeared in person without legal representation, was informed to bring a formal bail application before court within the next few days if he wants to be released on bail.
After being informed about his constitutional rights to legal representation, Simasiku, thereafter, applied to the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-funded defence lawyer to represent him during future court proceedings and when his trial properly begins.
Simasiku allegedly walked into the City Centre office building and shot the victims around 11h00.
One victim, a director of the Global Fund programme’s management unit, Sarah Mwilima, 58, died at the scene, while the other victim, Ester Nepolo, was rushed to the Roman Catholic Hospital.
Nepolo was at later stage transferred to Lady Pohamba Private Hospital where she is now receiving medical treatment in the intensive care unit.
Simasiku previously worked at the programme management unit under the Global Fund Directorate along with the two victims and was employed at the Health Ministry’s Primary Health Care unit at the time of the incident.
The accused handed himself over to the Wanaheda Police Station shortly after the incident and the motive for the shooting is still unknown.