Court releases minor murder suspect into parents’ care

OTJIWARONGO: The Grade Eight learner from Gootfontein, who is accused of punching a classmate dead last Friday, has been released on warning into his parents’ care.

The 16-year-old learner from the Friedrich Awaseb Senior Secondary School was released into his parents’ care by Grootfontein Magistrate Barry Mufana after appearing in the Grootfontein Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Mufana explained to the accused that he has a legal right to engage a private lawyer of his choice; to apply for a state-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate or to defend himself in court.

The accused person, who cannot be named since he is a minor, opted to apply for a state-funded lawyer.

He was not asked to plead, and his case was postponed to 02 June 2014 to allow the police to complete their investigation.

Public State Prosecutor Mwala Mukasa represented the State.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Monday that the accused allegedly punched a 15-year-old classmate on the forehead on Friday. The classmate died.

Mbeha said the deceased was identified as Stephanus Haimbili Salvester.