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 Tuesday postponed to Friday.

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 25 October 2019 for continuation of bail hearing.

The postponement came after the State representative Frederick van der Colf inform the court that the matter will not continue as defence legal aid lawyer, Stephen Coetzee is booked off sick.

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.

The deceased drew a knife on me and wanted to stab me and it missed my left arm, after that we struggle and the deceased fell on the knife and I too fell on top of him, the accused said.

Also at the start of the bail hearing defence legal aid lawyer, Coetzee said it is in the interest of the public and in the interest of the administration of justice for the accused to be granted bail on the basis that the merits of the fact of what happened indicates that Shaningilwe 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