Two Chinese businessmen accused of Andara murder denied bail

12 Sep 2019 15:10pm
RUNDU, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – Two Chinese nationals accused of murdering their former employee at Andara village in the Kavango East Region in April were on Wednesday denied bail during their first bail application attempt in the Mukwe periodic court.
The two murder accused, Xuefeng Chen, 29, and Zhenhai Zhou, 31, made their first formal bail application before Magistrate Sonia Sampofu on Monday in the periodic court in the Mukwe Constituency of the Kavango East Region.
The bail hearing, which started on Monday and proceeded until Wednesday, saw Sampofu objecting to the granting of bail for the two Chinese nationals on the grounds that they might abscond and because of the serious nature of the charges against them.
She further said the two might also interfere with State witnesses and it is in their best interest if they were remanded in custody for the sake of their safety.
The two businessmen were arrested in April for the alleged shooting and killing of 34-year-old Haushiku Andreas Muyevu at Andara village in the Mukwe constituency.
The two businessmen, facing charges of murder and of contravening the Arms and Ammunition Act for discharging a firearm in a public place, sought to be released on bail of N.dollars 100 000 each.
They told the court, through their defence lawyer Florian Beukes, that they would want to be released on bail because they have children in Namibia to support and their businesses have been suffering while they are behind bars.
Public Prosecutor Steven Haradöeb represented the State in the matter.
The case was thereafter postponed to 07 October 2019 for bail ruling.