Windhoek resident suffers gunshot wound to the head when he was allegedly murdered by two American nationals

WINDHOEK: Windhoek resident Andre Heckmair suffered a single gunshot wound to the head when he was allegedly murdered by two American nationals here in January 2011.

This was the testimony of Warrant Officer Oscar Shatipamba of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Crime Scene Unit on the second day of the trial of Americans Marcus Kevin Tomas, 29; and Kevan Townsend, 28; who were arrested in connection with the alleged killing.

The policeman told the court that when he arrived at the scene of the crime on 07 January 2011, he found the deceased’s body inside a Land Cruiser pick-up in a cul-de-sac in Klein Windhoek, removed the body from the car and transported it to the police mortuary at the Windhoek Central Hospital.

His testimony, however, came under fire from the defence team during cross-examination as he told the court that he cannot remember the exact time he arrived at the scene of the crime, and also could not recall whether he found the Land Cruiser pick-up idling or not on that fateful day.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

Last Friday, Tomas and Townsend both denied any involvement in the alleged killing when each entered a plea of ‘not guilty’ to a total of six charges levelled against them by the State.

During the duo’s first court appearance on 14 January 2011, Townsend denied knowing the deceased (Heckmair), claiming that he first heard that name after his arrest.

SOURCE: NAMPA