Alleged City Centre shooter finally secures legal representation

A former Global Fund employee who allegedly shot dead a former colleague and wounded another in Windhoek in January this year (2019), has now secured legal representation to defend him during the proceedings of his trial.

The Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid has now appointed and instructed local defence lawyer Henry Shimutwikeni to defend the accused person when trial proper begins in the High Court, possibly to kick-off during the course of next year (2020).

The case was, thereafter, postponed to 16 January 2020 to allow both Simasiku and his defence lawyer enough time to consult of how to proceed with the matter during trial.

Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef is representing the prosecution in the matter.

On 16 July 2019, Simasiku appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley, when his case was transferred from the Windhoek Magistrate's Court to the Windhoek High Court as per a decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General.

Simasiku was informed of the PG's decision by prosecutor Laura Mabuku while in the presence of his former defence lawyer, Henry Shimutwikeni, who only represented him during appearances in the Magistrate's Court.

The accused remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, with no option to post bail after a failed formal bail attempt.

On 28 January 2019, Simasiku allegedly walked into the City Centre office building and shot the two victims where he was employed at the Global Fund programme management unit based within the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

One victim, 58-year-old Sarah Mwilima, a director of that unit, died at the scene. The other victim, Ester Nepolo, was wounded and received medical treatment at a local hospital.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown.

Source: Namibia Press Agency