Warrant of arrest issued against alleged killer cancelled

25 Mar 2019 17:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 MAR (NAMPA) – A warrant of arrest that was issued against a 29-year-old man accused of allegedly murdering a 39-year-old man here in May last year, was cancelled on Monday.
The warrant of arrest was issued on 14 March this year, by Magistrate Mwilima Mwilima against the accused, Benny Pieters, after he failed to appear in court on that day.
The accused had until 01 April to report to court, after which his bail money will be forfeited to the State.
During court hearing on Monday, Pieters, who appeared before Magistrate Philanda Christiaan, informed the court that he was in Windhoek with his mother as his brother was involved in an accident.
“I could not hitch-hike on time to be here, and I also thought the day was the 19th of March and not 14th,” the accused said.
Christiaan then cancelled his warrant of arrest and postponed his case to 16 May this year for the Prosecutor General to decide or determine if investigations are fully completed and for the continuation of trial.
Pieters is represented by legal aid lawyer, Quinton Haoseb.
During his second court appearance on 12 July 2018, Pieters was granted bail of N.dollars 2 500 by Magistrate Murray Shikongo on condition that he reports to the Bethanie Police Station every Friday between 09h00 and 17h00.
Pieters allegedly stabbed Moses Uapingathana in the chest with a knife at a shebeen in the TransNamib residential area on 12 May.
Uapingathana died on the spot.
(NAMPA)
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