Security guard arrested in connection with Rundu shooting denied bail

23 Apr 2019 21:10pm
RUNDU, 23 APR (NAMPA) – A security guard arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a 26-old-year man, was denied bail when he made his first appearance in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court Tuesday.
The accused, 29-year-old Simon Nzamene Ngongo, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly firing a shotgun at a club where a fight occurred which led to the death of Marcus Siwarongo Likuranu on Friday.
Ngongo appeared before Magistrate Sonia Sampofu, who refused bail due to the seriousness of the offence, because investigations are at an early stage and because it would not be in the public interest or in the interest of the administration of justice for bail to be granted.
He faces charges of murder and attempted murder and of contravening the Arms and Ammunition Act for discharging a firearm in a public place.
On Sunday, the Namibian Police Force’s acting crime investigations coordinator for the Kavango East Region, Chief Inspector Melanie Mbuuru said Ngongo was arrested after post-mortem results indicated that a bullet that struck Likuranu was from a shotgun and not a pistol as reported earlier.
His case was postponed to 22 July 2019.
Meanwhile, a 33-year-old man was also refused bail for attempted murder in connection with the same case for driving his vehicle into the crowd during the fight, leading to two people sustaining serious injuries.
It is alleged that Moses Mungenyu drove into the crowd, injuring John Chombo and Simon Zameni.
Mungenyu also appeared before Magistrate Sampofu, who refused bail due to the seriousness of the offence. He was informed of his rights to engage a legal representative of his choice, apply for a state-funded Legal Aid lawyer or conduct his own defence and opted to conduct his own defence.
His case was postponed to 25 July 2019 for further investigation.
Another man arrested in connection with the incident appeared in court and was released on the condition that he does not interfere with State witnesses.
The 40-year-old Linus Neumbo was granted bail of N.dollars 4 000 when he appeared before Magistrate Sampofu.
He was arrested for contravening the Arms and Ammunition Act because he allegedly discharged a firearm during the fight.
His case was postponed to 06 June 2019.
Public Prosecutor Steven Haradöeb represented the State in all proceedings.