Arrested City Centre shooter to face trial in High Court

A former Global Fund employee who allegedly shot dead a former colleague and wounded another in Windhoek in January this year (2019), will face trial in the Windhoek High Court.

The 33-year-old SimasikuSimataaSimasiku made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Vanessa Stanley on Tuesday when his alleged murder and attempted murder case was transferred from the magistrate's court to the Windhoek High Court on decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General over the past few weeks.

As per the decision by the PG's office, Simasiku is scheduled to make his first appearance in the Windhoek High Court on 15 August 2019.

Simasiku was personally informed about the PG's decision by Public Prosecutor Laura Mabuku during his appearance in court today while in the presence of his Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Henry Shimutwikeni.

Simasiku remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, with no option to post bail.

On 28 January 2019, Simasiku allegedly walked into the City Centre office building and shot the two victims.

One victim, 58-year-old Sarah Mwilima, a director of the Global Fund programme management unit, died at the scene, while the other victim, Ester Nepolo, was wounded and received medical treatment at the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital.

Nepolo has now been discharged from hospital, according to the police investigating team.

Simasiku previously worked at the programme management unit under the Global Fund Directorate based within the Ministry of Health and Social Services, along with the two victims, and was employed at the ministry's Primary Health Care unit at the time of the incident.

The accused handed himself over to the Wanaheda Police Station shortly after the incident.

The motive for the shooting is still unknown.

Source: Namibia Press Agency