Man accused of stabbing friend back in court at Keetmanshoop

11 Mar 2019 15:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 11 MAR (NAMPA) – A 21-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his friend to death in February this year, made his second court appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The accused, Andriaan Vries, appeared before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed his case to 22 May this year to allow for police investigations and for the accused to acquire legal aid.
Vries allegedly stabbed the 24-year-old Rayno Rooi in the chest in the Tseiblaagte residential area in the early hours of 01 February 2019. Rooi died instantly.
During the court hearing, State representative Frederick van der Colf informed the court that investigations in the matter are still at an early stage.
During his first court appearance on 04 February this year Vries was denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage and because it was 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.
During the court hearing on Monday Vries brought forth a bail application.
However, Mungunda advised him to wait for the legal aid lawyer to be appointed to represent him during the bail hearing as he faces a serious offence and he agreed to wait.
The accused is remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police Station’s holding cells until his next court appearance.