Alleged child killer refusing GRN legal aid

WINDHOEK: A female inmate who allegedly caused the death of another inmate’s four-year-old son in the Wanaheda Police Station’s holding cells during January 2014, has declined legal assistance from the government.
This came to light when 32-year-old Loise Kaambu made a second appearance in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Kaambu told presiding Magistrate Surita Savage that she has completely rejected applying to the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-funded lawyer to defend her because she does not need such assistance for the time being.
“I will first have consultations with members of my family before I take a decision to accept the legal assistance offered by the State.
I will only be in a position to apply for a State-funded defence lawyer when I have proper consultations with my family on the matter,” said Kaambu.
Her case was, thereafter, remanded until 07 May this year to enable the police investigating team to complete their investigations.
Kaambu was refused bail when she made her first appearance in the same court on 27 January this year.
During that first court appearance, Public Prosecutor Peter Kandjumbwa objected to the granting of bail on the grounds that Kaambu faces a very serious charge of murder.
She was, however, advised to bring a formal bail application before court if she wants to be released on bail.
Meanwhile, Inspector Stephan Nuuyi of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations’ Division told a media briefing in January this year after the incident that the deceased’s head was allegedly hit hard against the floor twice, and he sustained serious head injuries.
According to Nuuyi, a fight between Kaambu and the boy’s mother in the Wanaheda police station’s holding cells on 21 January 2014 allegedly led to the death of the boy, who was incarcerated with his mother at the time of the incident.
The incident took place between 14h00 and 15h00.
The boy died at the Katutura State Hospital at around 19h45 on that same day.
The mother of the deceased boy was allegedly in custody for shoplifting, and had failed to post bail of N.dollars 500.
Kaambu was in custody for assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
After the incident, Kaambu was moved from the female cell to the visitors’ cell to prevent her from harming other female inmates.
She is now being kept in police custody at the newly-built police holding cells at the eastern town of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region.