22-year-old Richard Swartz, who stands accused of stabbing a 45-year-old man to death here in June last year

The bail hearing of 22-year-old Richard Swartz, who stands accused of stabbing a 45-year-old man to death here in June last year, was yesterday postponed to next week.

Swartz appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court for his third bail hearing before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed his case to 17 October this year to allow the court to hear submissions from the defence, as well as from the State.

At the start of the accused's bail hearing on 30 September, State Representative Frederick van der Colf informed the court that the State opposed bail because it has a strong case against Swartz and because the witnesses are all known to Swartz.

Van der Colf at the time also said the State fears that the accused might abscond.

In his testimony before court yesterday, investigating officer Leviticus Basson said the police fear that the accused might abscond once he is released on bail as he fled the scene and was arrested on a farm 80 kilometres outside Keetmanshoop.

Source: Namibia Press Agency