Keetmanshoop alleged murderer makes first appearance in regional court

A 29-year-old man accused of allegedly murdering a 39-year-old man here in May last year, made his first appearance in the Keetmanshoop Regional court.

The accused Benny Pieters, on Wednesday appeared before Magistrate Frans Anderson who postponed his case to 28 October 2019 for fixing of the trial date.

State representative Lewis Chigunwe indicated to the court that the accused's legal aid-funded lawyer, Quinton Haoseb is booked off sick and will be only available on the next court date.

Pieters appearance in the Regional court came as per the Prosecutor General (PG) decision that was handed down on 29 July this year.

The PG decision also indicated that Pieters will be charged with one count of murder.

The accused is on bail after he was granted bail of N.dollars 2 500, during his second court appearance on 12 July 2018.

However during the court hearing on Wednesday Pieters ask the State to refund his bail as he is custody on other matter.

When I paid the bail last year I borrowed N.dollars 700 from someone and that person wants his money, the accused informed the court.

Anderson granted that bail be refunded after State representative Chigunwe had no objection on the refunding of bail.

Pieters remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Holding cells until his next court date.

Pieters allegedly stabbed Moses Uapingathana in the chest with a knife at a shebeen in the TransNamib residential area on 12 May.

Uapingathana died on the spot.

Source: Namibia Press Agency