Gobabis murder suspect denied bail

GOBABIS: The Namibian Police (NamPol) officer who allegedly stabbed his two sons, leaving one dead and another fighting for his life in a Windhoek hospital, has been denied bail.

Petrus Ganeb, 28, is said to have unleashed a reign of terror on his two sons on Friday evening when he attacked them with a knife, apparently to get back at their mother, whom he suspected of having an affair with another man.

It all started when Ganeb allegedly found a text message on his girlfriend’s cellphone, which was apparently sent by another man. The message allegedly invited the accused’s girlfriend for a night out – something which appeared to have angered him.

According to information gathered by Nampa, the accused approached the man whom he suspected of having sent the text message.

Ganeb allegedly issued severe death threats against him, which forced the man to seek police intervention by reporting a case of assault by threats.

It was only when police officers were dispatched to the accused’s residence to warn him against making the alleged death threats that they made the gruesome discovery of the two children lying in pools of blood.

Ganeb has been charged with one count of murder, and another of attempted murder.

When he made his initial court appearance on Monday, he indicated his intention to apply for Government-funded legal aid.

He was refused bail on the grounds that he might interfere with State witnesses, and as investigations are also still in the preliminary stage.

Other reasons advanced by the prosecution in opposing the granting of bail were that it would not be in the interest of the public and the administration of justice if bail was to be granted.

Ganeb was thus advised to launch a formal bail application, if he so wished.

He is set to appear in court again on 18 July 2014.

Magistrate Alexander Venacius presided, while Solomon Kanyemba appeared for the State.