Alleged killer Barman’s trial begins in August 2015

WINDHOEK: The trial of Windhoek resident Jeffrey Barman, who allegedly killed his girlfriend during their daughter’s birthday party here in November 2012, is scheduled to kick-off in the High Court at the beginning of August this year (2015).

The 22-year-old Barman made aother appearance before Windhoek High Court Judge, Christie Liebenberg, on Wednesday during a pre-trial conference of case management.

He was informed that his alleged murder trial will begin on 07 August 2015.

Barman however has to return to the court again on 25 March this year to hear about the outcome of the forensic evidence which were sent to neighbouring South Africa over the past few years for laboratory results.

The date of his alleged murder case was decided upon by prosecution representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo and Barman’s State-funded defence lawyer, Winston Visser, in court today.

A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Barman allegedly killed his girlfriend, Melanie Booysen, 20, by cutting her throat with a broken glass during a party held for their four-year-old daughter in the Golgotha residential area on 10 November 2012.

He then attempted to flee the scene, but fractured a leg when he jumped from a 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 before Magistrate Cosmos Endjala in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura on a charge of murder.

He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility since his arrest, with no option to post bail following an unsuccesful formal bail application.