Keetmanshoop's alleged murder accused bail application postponed

14 Mar 2019 18:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 14 MAR (NAMPA) - The bail application of a man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in November last year, was on Thursday postponed to 08 April 2019.
The accused, Immanuel Petrus appeared for his first bail hearing in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Thursday before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda.
Defence lawyer, Stephen Coetzee informed the court during the hearing that he is not ready to continue with the bail application.
The State was represented by Frederick van der Colf.
During his first court appearance on 06 November 2018, the accused told the court that he wishes to apply for legal aid and Coetzee was appointed to represent him in the matter.
Also during his first court appearance Petrus was denied bail out of fear that he might interfere with police investigations, which were at an early stage. It was also not in the public interest for bail to be granted.
Petrus allegedly stabbed 28-year-old Engeline Rooi in the neck and arm at a bar in the Tseiblaagte residential area on the night of 03 November 2018.
Rooi was declared dead upon arrival at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital.
Petrus is remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police holding cells until his next court appearance.