Double murder convict’s second appeal set down for January 2020

A second appeal application by Romeo Schiefer, the man convicted and handed a long prison term of 56 years for the murder of his parents in October 2008, is now set down for a hearing in January 2020.

Schiefer made another appearance before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute Monday morning, when he was informed that the hearing of his second appeal application against the punishment will begin in the High Court here on 24 January 2020.

The date for the hearing of the appeal was decided upon between Deputy Prosecutor Antonia Verhoef (for the respondent-State) and Schiefer himself (applicant) in court on Monday morning.

Schiefer will defend his own case during the hearing of his second appeal application against the punishment because he could not secure private legal representation due to financial difficulties.

In addition, the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid refused to provide him with State-funded legal representation because after the personnel at the directorate came to the conclusion that there is no possibility of success during the second appeal attempt against the sentence.

Schiefer, 30, was on 24 October 2013 sentenced by Shivute to 28 years imprisonment on each of the two murder counts for shooting dead his biological parents - Frans and Fransiena Schiefer - both 50 at the time, at their house in Windhoek's Khomasdal residential area on 18 January 2008.

On the two counts, Schiefer was sentenced to 56 years imprisonment of which eight years of the sentence imposed on the second count of murder was ordered to run concurrently with the sentence imposed in the first count of murder.

At the time, he got an effective total of 48 years.

However, on 12 September 2017, the sentence was slightly reduced to an effective 42 years in a judgement handed down in the Windhoek Supreme Court, following a successful appeal application in that court against the long prison term.

Schiefer was just 18 years old when he murdered his parents in January 2008, and was only initially allowed to appeal against the High Court sentence after he sent a petition to Supreme Court Chief Justice Peter Shivute.

At the beginning of 2019, he was again allowed leave to appeal against the long prison sentence for a second.

Schiefer is serving his long prison sentence at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.

Prominent Rehoboth-defence lawyer Advocate Wiennie Christiaans represented Schiefer during trial.