Arrested City Centre shooter to face trial in High Court

16 Jul 2019 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUL (NAMPA) – A former Global Fund employee who allegedly shot dead a former colleague and wounded another in Windhoek in January this year, will face trial in the Windhoek High Court.
The 33-year-old Simasiku Simataa Simasiku made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley on Tuesday when his murder and attempted murder case was transferred from the magistrate's court to the Windhoek High Court after a decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
Simasiku is scheduled to make his first appearance in the Windhoek High Court on 15 August 2019.
He was informed of the PG's decision by Public Prosecutor Laura Mabuku during his appearance in court Tuesday in the presence of his Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Henry Shimutwikeni.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, with no option to post bail.
On 28 January 2019, Simasiku allegedly walked into the City Centre office building and shot the two victims.
One victim, 58-year-old Sarah Mwilima, a director of the Global Fund programme management unit, died at the scene. The other victim, Ester Nepolo, was wounded and received medical treatment.
Simasiku previously worked at the programme management unit under the Global Fund Directorate based within the Ministry of Health and Social Services, along with the two victims, and was employed at the ministry’s Primary Health Care unit at the time of the incident.
The accused handed himself over to the Wanaheda Police Station shortly after the incident.
The motive for the shooting is still unknown.