Jeffrey Barman to stand trial in Windhoek High Court for killing girlfriend

WINDHOEK: Windhoek resident Jeffrey Barman is set to stand trial in the Windhoek High Court for allegedly killing his girlfriend during their daughter’s birthday party here in November 2012.

Barman, 22, made his first appearance in the Windhoek High Court before Judge-President Petrus Damaseb during a pre-trial conference on Thursday.

His case was then postponed to 10 April 2014 in order to allow the accused’s government-funded defence lawyer Winston Visser to reply to the questions of the State’s pre-trial memorandum.

He allegedly killed his late girlfriend, Melanie Booysen, 20, by cutting her throat with a broken glass during a party held for their four-year-old daughter in the Golgotha residential area in the capital on 10 November 2012.

He then attempted to flee the scene, but fractured a leg when he jumped from the roof of a neighbour’s house.

Barman was arrested around 17h00 on the day of the alleged crime, and first appeared on 13 November 2012 in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura along Mungunda Street before Magistrate Cosmos Endjala on a charge of murder.

He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison’s holding cells until his next court appearance on 10 April this year.

During his previous court appearances, the accused was reminded to bring a formal bail application before court if he wants to be released on bail.

State Advocate Cliff Litubezi represented the prosecution today.