Accused Woman Killer Granted Bail

A WINDHOEK businessman, Sakaria ‘Sacky’ Mathias, who is accused of shooting and killing Charmain Fredericks (24) in April this year at a bar in Katutura is out on bail.

Hans Tourob of the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura confirmed this and said Mathias applied and was granted bail because the investigating officer on the case did not oppose it.

Mathias appeared for the second time on 27 May after he was denied bail in April by magistrate Conchita Olivier, because of the seriousness of the crime.

Mathias is also charged with the attempted murder of Patrick Auala, who said he is living in fear because he heard Mathias was looking for him.

“Now I have to limit my movements because several people were telling me that Mathias is looking for me and he is also telling people that he will make his case disappear. I do not know what he means by that. Maybe he is planning to kill me, so that there would be no witnesses. I really don’t understand why our law lets a woman killer out like that. Why was he given bail?” a worried Auala asked.

Auala said he was in Fredericks’ company when she was shot and that he first met her when she was with Mathias. “I saw both of them on different occasions together, and there was tension between Mathias and myself. That is why I think that shooting was out of jealousy because I was with Charmain (Fredericks) that day. Now he will just finish me off this time,” Auala said.

Meanwhile, the regional crime investigations coordinator, deputy commissioner Silvanus Nghishidimbwa, said if Auala is being threatened he must report this to the police. Nghishidimbwa also said there are many factors considered when a suspect is granted bail and that the investigating officer cannot object the granting of bail if there are not elements to base the objection on.

“There are four key elements bail can be denied and it is when there is suspision the accused will escape, or when the investigating officer believes the person can commit another crime or interfere with the investigations. The other element is when it is dangerous for the accused (to be released),” Nghishidimbwa said.

Source : The Namibian