Acting Bondelswarts Chief Denied Bail

AN acting Bondelswarts chief remains in police custody after being denied bail during his court appearance in the Karasburg district court on domestic violence charges.

Charged with domestic violence and assault, Josef Christiaan was not asked to plead when he appeared in court. Instead, his case was postponed until 9 October to allow him to obtain legal representation.

Acting public prosecutor Fritz Jossoph said the State opposed bail because it feared that Christiaan could interfere with the witness – his wife who laid the charges against him – since they are living in the same house.

According to Jossoph, Christiaan is expected to return to court on 16 September for his formal bail application hearing.

Christiaan was arrested on Sunday on a domestic violence-related offence.

It is alleged that Christiaan chased his wife from their matrimonial home, accusing her of cheating on him with other men. However, the tribal leader’s wife refused to leave the house and alerted the police instead. When the police responded to the call of domestic violence at the couple’s house, he allegedly became ‘violent’ and hit his wife with a knobkierie on her chest in full view of the law-enforcement officers.

This is the latest in a string of run-ins Christiaan had with the law. Last year, Christiaan was arrested on drunken driving charges on two separate occasions at Keetmanshoop and Mariental.

Christiaan, who was acquitted in the Keetmanshoop drunken driving case, is expected to return to court for the Mariental case on 7 October.

In November 2013, Christiaan again found himself on the wrong side of the law. This time, he allegedly insulted Karasburg police officers, who had been called to stop him from reckless driving allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

At the time, Christiaan could not be arrested for driving recklessly, since the police had not found him behind the wheel.

Source : The Namibian