Alleged killer’s formal bail hearing sees delay

The unavailability of a magistrate and prosecutor has delayed the start of a formal bail hearing of a 34-year-old Angula Immanuel Shaningilwe who is accused of stabbing another man to death here in February this year.

Shaningilwe stands accused of stabbing 45-year-old Joseph Johannes in the neck at a cucashop in the Extension 7 informal settlement on 13 February.

Shaningilwe made another appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court on Wednesday before magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed his case to 16 October 2019 for formal bail hearing.

On Wednesday State representative Coleen Yisa inform the court that the matter will not be able to continue due to the fact that the magistrate and prosecutor handling the case are out handing the Aroab periodical court.

The matter was on 17 September this year postponed to Wednesday because defence legal aid lawyer, Stephen Coetzee was unavailable at the time.

During his first court appearance on 15 February, Shaningilwe was denied bail because police investigations were at an early stage and because of fears that he might abscond as he also allegedly left the scene of the crime.

Bail was also denied because the granting of bail is not in the public interest and because of the seriousness of the offence.

The accused was remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police holding cells until his next court appearance.

Source: Namibia Press Agency