wo Americans arrested by NamPol in connection with alleged murder of Windhoek resident to go on trial in High Court

WINDHOEK: Two American nationals arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in connection with the alleged murder of Windhoek resident Andre Heckmair in January 2011, will go on trial in the Windhoek High Court at the end of September.

This was said when the two – Marcus Kevin Tomas, 25, and the 24-year-old Kevan Townsend – made another appearance before High Court Judge-President Petrus Damaseb during a pre-trial conference of case management this morning.

High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg will preside over the trial.

According to a decision by the Prosecutor-General (PG)’s office which was made available before court in November last year, the two Americans will each face a charge of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and attempting to defeat the course of justice.

Accused Tomas, who is still without legal representation, told presiding Judge-President Damaseb today that he will make the necessary arrangements to obtain the service of a private defence lawyer to come and defend him when trial begins on 29 September this year.

Windhoek-based defence lawyer Vetu Uanivi is defending accused Townsend.

According to the police, Heckmair was scheduled to return to Europe for studies after spending a holiday with his family in Namibia, but was found dead behind the wheel of a Land Cruiser pick-up at a cul-de-sac in Klein Windhoek.