No bail for inmate who allegedly killed boy in holding cells

27 Jan 2014 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) - A female inmate who allegedly caused the death of another inmate's four-year-old son at the Wanaheda Police Station's holding cells in Windhoek last Thursday, has been refused bail.
The 32-year-old Loise Kaambu was refused bail when she made a brief appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura on Monday morning.
Magistrate Surita Savage refused to grant the suspected killer bail shortly after State representative, Public Prosecutor Peter Kandjumbwa objected to the granting of bail on the grounds that Kaambu faces a very serious charge of murder.
She was, however, advised to bring a formal bail application before court if she wants to be released on bail.
Her alleged murder case has now been remanded until 05 March this year in order to allow her to apply to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-funded lawyer to defend her during her next court appearance and during the trial proper.
Inspector Stephan Nuuyi of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Division told a media briefing here on Sunday the deceased boy’s head was allegedly smashed into the floor twice, and he sustained serious head injuries.
According to Nuuyi, a fight between Kaambu and the boy’s mother in the Wanaheda Police Station’s holding cells last Thursday allegedly led to the death of the boy who was incarcerated with his mother at the time of the incident.
The incident took place between 14h00 and 15h00.
The boy died at the Katutura State Hospital at around 19h45 on the same day.
The mother of the deceased boy was allegedly in custody for shoplifting after she failed to pay bail of N.dollars 500.
Kaambu was in custody for assault to cause grievous bodily harm with no option to bail.
She was also moved from the female cell to the visitor’s cell to prevent her from harming other female inmates.
Kaambu appeared in person today.
(NAMPA)
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