Keetmanshoop alleged murderer makes first appearance in regional court

18 Sep 2019 16:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – A 29-year-old man accused of murdering a 39-year-old man here in May 2018, made his first appearance in the Keetmanshoop Regional Court on Wednesday.
Benny Pieters appeared before Magistrate Frans Anderson, who postponed his case to 28 October 2019 for the fixing of the trial date.
State representative Lewis Chigunwe indicated to the court that the accused’s legal aid-funded lawyer, Quinton Haoseb is booked off sick and will be only available on the next court date.
Pieters appearance in the regional court came as per the Prosecutor General (PG)’s decision handed down on 29 July this year.
The PG decision also indicated that Pieters will be charged with one count of murder.
The accused was granted bail of N.dollars 2 500 on 12 July 2018.
However, during the court hearing on Wednesday, Pieters ask the State to refund his bail as he is in custody for another matter.
“When I paid the bail last year, I borrowed N.dollars 700 from someone and that person wants his money,” the accused informed the court.
Anderson granted that bail be refunded after State representative Chigunwe had no objection to the request.
Pieters is remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Holding Cell until his next court appearance.
Pieters allegedly stabbed Moses Uapingathana in the chest with a knife at a shebeen in the TransNamib residential area on 12 May 2018.
Uapingathana died on the spot.