24 May 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) Malakia Shiweda, one of the five men accused of murdering Walvis Bay businessman Hans-Jörg Möller at his house between 16 and 17 June 2016 at the harbour town in the Erongo Region, wants to be released on bail.
Shiwedas formal bail application was scheduled to kick off before Acting High Court Judge Kobus Miller, but could not proceed because the file containing documents of the bail application was not forwarded to the office of the presiding judge until Friday.
The matter was, thereafter, postponed to 29 May 2019 to enable the officials at the Registrar of the Windhoek High Court to locate Shiwedas file and present it to the judge.
Fridays postponement was effected as per agreement reached in court between Shiwedas Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Titus Ipumbu and State Advocate Martino Olivier.
The 28-year-old Shiweda, who is now being kept in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facilitys trial-awaiting section, brought a formal bail application before court in terms of the provisions of Section 61 of the amended Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.
On 22 November 2018, Shiwedas co-accused David Shekundja suffered a heavy blow when the High Court dismissed his formal bail application and ordered him to remain in custody until the finalisation of the alleged murder trial.
Shiweda and Shekundja are charged in the matter alongside Gotlieb Panduleni, 30, David Tashiya, 29, and Ally Ndapuka Hinaivali, 29.
Möller was attacked and shot in the stomach during an armed robbery at his house between 16 and 17 June 2016, leading to his death in hospital a few days later.
The five are each charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and housebreaking with intent to rob, among other charges.
Panduleni was out on bail for three other murder charges prior to Möllers death.