Alleged killer cop denies any wrong-doing

WINDHOEK: Windhoek police officer Justin Munsu Simataa, charged with killing one man and wounding another at a Khomasdal nightclub in 2012, has denied any wrong-doing in connection with the matter.

The 28-year-old Simataa denied killing Maelfirmino Fabrice, a naturalized Namibian citizen of Congolese origin, by shooting him with a pistol at a nightclub on 26 October 2012.

The police officer has further denied the allegation that he shot and wounded Ricky Likando on the same day.

Simataa denied all the charges leveled against him by the State when he entered pleas of ‘not guilty’ to four counts of murder, attempted murder, malicious damage to property as well as a charge of negligently discharging a firearm while in a public place.

He entered his not guilty pleas at the start of his alleged murder trial that kicked off before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo, and as per instructions of his privately-instructed defense lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji, here on Tuesday morning.

Simataa also did not disclose the basis of his defense and pleas of ‘not guilty’ and opted to remain silent until proven otherwise by the State during trial.

The evidence of summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Simataa allegedly killed Fabrice by shooting him at a nightclub in October 2012.

It is further alleged that the accused police officer shot and wounded Ricky Likando afterwards.

Simataa is said to have shot the two men after they allegedly assaulted him inside the nightclub.

Fabrice was shot nine times while seated in a car.

Simataa is free on bail of N.dollars 5 000, and strict bail conditions have been imposed.

He has to report himself to the investigating officer in his case every week from Monday to Friday between 14h00 and 17h00 at the Windhoek Police Station.

He was further ordered not to leave the district of Windhoek without the permission of the investigating officer.

The trial continues Wednesday.