29 May 2013 11:00
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) - Three men who were arrested in February this year for the alleged murder of an International University of Management (IUM) student here in August last year, have been granted bail of N.dollars 5 000 each.
The three accused persons - Shadino Bowe, 23, Llewelyn Beukes, 22, and Wildrew Visagie, 22 - were each granted bail by Windhoek Magistrate Alpha Haihambo on Tuesday.
The bail was granted at the end of the trio?s formal joint bail application hearing, which has been going on in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura over the past two weeks.
The bail was granted with some bail conditions. The three accused men must report themselves at the Wanaheda Police Station on Mondays and Fridays between 08h00 and 16h00 every week.
On 06 May this year, during the hearing of their bail application, the three accused persons each vehemently denied any knowledge and involvement in the incident.
?We have no knowledge of the alleged killing incident at all. We know nothing about this incident. We will never run away from Namibia to other neighbouring countries, if we are granted bail because we did nothing wrong,? said the three men in their evidence-in-chief.
They also told the court that they will each offer a plea of not guilty to all four charges - murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, malicious damage to property and attempting to obstruct the course of justice - when the trial proper begins.
Windhoek-based defence lawyers Boris Isaaks, James Diedericks and Milton Engelbrecht represented the three men during the hearing of their successful joint formal bail application. The lawyers were acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
Public Prosecutor Anthony Wilson represented the State in the bail application.
The late IUM student, Eliakim Kandali Inane, was killed in the Otjomuise area between 02 and 04 August last year.
NamPol's Khomas Regional Crime Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa said the victim's body was cut, and the police found blood and razors near it.