Farmer in Dock for Shooting At Ex-Worker

A 33-YEAR-OLD Hochfeld farmer, who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly firing shots in the direction of his former worker, was released on bail by the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Johannes Michael Meyer appeared before Okahandja acting magistrate Kito Paulus on charges of pointing a firearm, assault through threatening and the negligent handling of a firearm.

He was granted bail of N$4 000, which he paid on the spot. His case was postponed to 31 July 2014 for further police investigations. Otjozondjupa police deputy regional commander Deputy Commissioner Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono said on Wednesday that complainant Hauta Kaveriua (24) worked for Meyer as a general worker at Farm Trafells, but was dismissed mid-May this year.

Kaveriua returned to the farm on 26 May with two friends to collect his belongings on bicycles.

Meyer, who was armed, approached Kaveriua and his friends as they entered the residential compound at the farm.

Mavenjono said Meyer allegedly called Kaveriua and his friends ‘kaffirs’, before asking what they were doing on his private property. Before the men could answer, Meyer shouted orders that they should leave his farm immediately.

“Shortly after, Meyer allegedly pulled out his firearm and fired three shots in the direction of the men,” Mavenjono explained. Kaveriua and his friends ran for cover and abandoned their bicycles, leaving the farm on foot. They then opened a case against Meyer at the Hochfeld police station the same day. According to Mavenjono, Meyer took the three bicycles to the Hochfeld police station on 27 May, where he claimed that they had been left on his farm by three “thieves”. Police subsequently launched investigations into the case, and Meyer was arrested on Tuesday.

Coincidentally, Meyer’s farm is in the same Hochfeld area, about 240 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo, where 51-year-old Axarob Slinger and his three dogs were shot dead and buried in an aarark burrow at Farm Vergenoeg last October. His family reported him as missing and the Hochfeld police along with community members launched a search for him. Slinger and his dogs were found buried together in a shallow aarark burrow.

Karl Friedrich Eichhoff (32), the son of the owner of Farm Vergenoeg, was arrested in connection with Slinger’s death, and is still remanded in the Hochfeld police holding cells after several failed bail attempts.

– Nampa

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