Alleged killer Barman hears trial date next month

WINDHOEK: Windhoek resident Jeffrey Barman, who allegedly killed his girlfriend during their daughter’s birthday party here in November 2012, will only know his trial date next month.

Barman, 22, made another appearance in the Windhoek High Court before Judge-President Petrus Damaseb on Thursday when his case was postponed to 27 May this year for the allocation of a trial date.

This will be decided upon between Barman’s government-funded defence lawyer Winston Visser and prosecution representative Cliff Litubezi before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo.

Visser also presented his written reply to questions asked earlier in the State’s pre-trial memorandum.

The accused allegedly killed his late girlfriend, 20-year-old Melanie Booysen by cutting her throat with a broken glass during a party held for their four-year-old daughter in the Golgotha residential area in the capital on 10 November 2012.

He then attempted to flee the scene, but fractured a leg when he jumped from the roof of a neighbour’s house.

Barman was arrested around 17h00 on the day of the alleged crime, and first appeared on 13 November 2012 in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder.

He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison’s holding cells until his next court appearance.

During his previous court appearances, the accused was reminded to bring a formal bail application before court if he wanted to be released on bail.