G4 Guard Denies Murder Charge

A Swakopmund security guard who is accused of killing his supervisor reiterated his plea explanation saying it was in self-defence that the murder happened when he testified in his own defence in the High Court.

Martin Angamba (44) told Judge Alfred Siboleka that he killed 28-year-old Andrew Molaletz, a colleague and his supervisor on December 28, 2011 in self-defence. According to Angamba, he and the deceased struggled for possession of a firearm when he shot him. He further denied that he ever assaulted a female colleague or pointed a firearm at her. He also denied being under the influence of alcohol on the night of the murder, except that he had “three to four glasses of Monis,” approximately four hours before his shift started.

Angamba who was employed as an armed security guard at the Swakopmund branch of G4 Security faces one charge of murder, one charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or alternatively driving with an excessive amount of alcohol in the breath, one charge of pointing a firearm and one count of assault by threat. It is alleged that on the night in question Angamba drove a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor andor a drug having a narcotic effect or alternatively that he drove the vehicle while the concentration of alcohol in his breath was more than 0.37ml of breath exhaled, to 0.73 milligrams per 100 millilitres.

The third count relates to Angamba allegedly pointing a firearm at the complainant, Elma Bloedooght, who was also a colleague of his and manning the control room, while the fourth count of assault also relates to Bloedooght. In the indictment it is stated that Molaletz who was off-duty that evening received a call from the office to attend to complaints where Angamba was operating. It is alleged that the deceased proceeded to Mondesa Mini Market where he met the accused, who drove the vehicle to their office, while the deceased was a passenger.

On their way there, the accused allegedly stopped the vehicle in front of Hansa Bakery and shot the deceased with his service pistol. He then proceeded to the offices of G4S where he threatened to kill Bloedooght according to the indictment. Titus Iipumbu, who appears for Angamba on instruction from Legal Aid, told the court that his client pleads self-defence on the murder charge. He also said that his client charged the state to prove the allegations in count two and claims that his client merely took out the pistol in order to show Bloedooght the weapon that killed Molaletz. His client also denied threatening Bloedooght and also puts the burden of proof on the state. During cross-examination State Aocate Ethel Ndlovu put the testimonies of various State witnesses to Angamba, which all stated that he was not only under the influence of alcohol, but drunk. He denied it all and told the court that the witnesses were jealous of him, because he had a higher rank. He further said that two of the witnesses had a romantic involvement with the deceased hence their biased testimony. The case was postponed to June 27 for Ndlovu’s cross-examination to continue and Angamba’s bail was extended.

Source : New Era