Bail hearing in Keetmanshoop murder case postponed

The formal bail hearing of a 34-year-old man, Angula Immanuel Shaningilwe accused of stabbing another man to death here in February this year, was on Friday postponed to next week.

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.

The accused made another appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court before magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed his case to 29 October 2019 for continuation of bail hearing.

On Friday the defense closed its arguments and on the next court date the State will bring in its witnesses to testify why the accused should not be granted bail.

At the start of the accused's bail hearing on 16 October, State Representative Frederick van der Colf informed the court that the State opposed bail because not in the public interest and the interest of administration of justice for bail to be granted.

He added that the State has a very strong case against the accused and it fears that the accused will abscond and not stand his trial.

During a cross examination by the State, Shaningilwe said the deceased was the one who assaulted him first resulting in a struggle between them.

He charged that the deceased fell on the knife that he (deceased) wanted to stab him with.

Defence legal aid lawyer, Stephen Coetzee said bail should be granted on basis that his client acted in self-defence.

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

Source: Namibia Press Agency