City Centre shooter fighting for bail

01 Mar 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (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 now fighting to be released on bail.
The 33-year-old accused, Simasiku Simataa Simasiku through his Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Henry Shimutwikeni, informed Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley on Friday during his second appearance that he will lodge a formal bail application in the next few days in efforts to be released on bail.
The hearing of the formal bail application is scheduled to be heard before court on 06 March 2019 as per an agreement reached by Simasiku’s defence lawyer and Senior Public Prosecutor Rowan van Wyk in court on Friday.
The case was, thereafter, postponed to Wednesday for the bail hearing and to allow the police investigating team to obtain two outstanding statements and the outcome of the forensic laboratory examination from the National Forensic Science Institute.
Simasiku was again on Friday ordered to remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail, pending the hearing of his planned bail bid.
On 28 January this year, 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 a 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.