Suspect in racist attack denied bail in Gobabis

05 Jun 2013 07:40
GOBABIS, 05 JUN (NAMPA) - A Gobabis man who stands accused of orchestrating a racially-motivated attack on Levi Katire here on Saturday, was on Tuesday denied bail and remanded in custody.
Niko Kotze (33) faces three charges - racial discrimination for allegedly telling Katire that blacks were not allowed in a bar which he co-owns; assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm; and common assault for allegedly grabbing Erwin Katjiuanjo, who was with Katire on the night of the alleged attack, by his shirt collar.
Kotze?s defence lawyer Barend Venter requested a formal bail hearing for Friday this week. This request was granted.
Meanwhile, the case has been condemned from all sectors of society, with many residents calling for severe legal action to be meted out against the alleged perpetrator, if found guilty.
Police investigations into the matter continue.
Magistrate Victor Nyazo presided over the matter, while the State was represented by Prosecutor Reinhard Jacobs.