Tses murder accused pleads not guilty

09 May 2019 17:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 09 MAY (NAMPA) – A 30-year-old man accused of allegedly stabbing his brother to death at Tses in the //Kharas Region in May last year, on Thursday pleaded not guilty to the murder charge in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court.
The accused, Medusalem Baisako, appeared before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed his case to 15 August 2019, for the Prosecutor General to decide or determine if investigations are fully completed and for the continuation of trial.
The State was represented by Frederick van der Colf, while State-funded defence lawyer, Stephen Coetzee represented the accused.
Baisako allegedly stabbed his brother, Josef Baisako in the neck after an argument over a cigarette.
During his first court appearance on 08 May 2018, Baisako was denied bail as police investigations were at an early stage and for fear that he might interfere with state witnesses.
However, during his second appearance on 28 June 2018, Magistrate Mungunda advised that Baisako post a formal bail application.
During his bail application hearing on 12 September 2018, the accused was granted bail of N.dollars 3 000 on condition that he reports to the Tses Police Station every second Monday between 08h00 and 12h00.
On 14 February this year, Baisako appeared before Magistrate Philanda Christiaan, where the accused requested his bail amount be reduced to N.dollars 1 500, to which Christiaan agreed, maintaining the same bail conditions.