Schiefer still without lawyer for his second appeal

05 Aug 2019 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 AUG (NAMPA) - Romeo Schiefer, the man convicted and handed a prison term of 56 years for the murder of his parents in October 2008, is still without legal representation for his second appeal against the punishment.
Schiefer made another appearance before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute Monday morning, when he informed the court that he is still awaiting a response from the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid in connection with his application for a lawyer to represent him in his second appeal against the sentence.
His case was, thereafter, postponed to 30 August 2019 to allow the Directorate of Legal Aid enough time to look into his application and give a response.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef, who represented the State on Monday, did not object to the postponement.
Schiefer, 30, was on 24 October 2013 sentenced by Shivute to 28 years imprisonment on each of the two murder counts for shooting dead his biological parents - Frans and Fransiena Schiefer - both 50 at the time, at their house in Windhoek's Khomasdal residential area on 18 January 2008.
On the two counts, Schiefer was sentenced to 56 years imprisonment of which eight years of the sentence imposed on the second count of murder was ordered to run concurrently with the sentence imposed in the first count of murder.
At the time, he got an effective total of 48 years.
However, on 12 September 2017, the sentence was slightly reduced to an effective 42 years in a judgement handed down in the Windhoek Supreme Court, following a successful appeal application in that court against the long prison term.
Schiefer was just 18 years old when he murdered his parents in January 2008, and was only initially allowed to appeal against the High Court sentence after he sent a petition to Supreme Court Chief Justice Peter Shivute.
At the beginning of 2019, he was again allowed leave to appeal against the long prison sentence for a second.