Keetmanshoop stabbing murder case postponed to April

13 Mar 2019 17:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 MAR (NAMPA) - A 20 year-old man accused of stabbing a 45-year-old man to death in June last year here made another court appearance on Wednesday, where his case was postponed to 29 April 2019 for further police investigations.

The accused, Richard Swartz, made another court appearance before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court.

During court hearing, State representative, Frederick van der Colf informed the court that a photo plan of the accident scene and DNA test results are still pending.

Swartz allegedly stabbed Moses Diba in the chest, causing his death at a bottle store in the Noordhoek residential area on the night of 29 June 2018.

He allegedly grabbed a knife from Diba, who was busy assaulting his (Swartz’s) ex-girlfriend, and stabbed him. Diba died on the spot.

During his first court appearance, Swartz indicated that he would apply for Legal Aid and Quinton Haoseb was appointed to represent him.

The accused was denied bail because police investigations were at an early and sensitive stage.

Swartz remains in custody at the police holding cells in Keetmanshoop until his next court appearance.