Keetmanshoop murder trial set for March 2020

The trial of a 29-year-old man, Brendon Pieters accused of murdering a 39-year-old man here in May 2018, will start in March 2020.

Pieters allegedly stabbed Moses Uapingathana in the chest with a knife at a shebeen in the TransNamib residential area on 12 May 2018.Uapingathana died on the spot.

He made another appearance in the Keetmanshoop Regional Court on Monday before Magistrate Frans Anderson, who postponed his case to 31 March 2020 for trial.

State representative Abel Manyando indicated to the court that the set date has been agreed upon with accused's legal aid-funded lawyer, Quinton Haoseb.

The Prosecutor General (PG)'s decision handed down on 29 July this year indicated that Pieters will be charged with one count of murder.

The accused was granted bail of N.dollars 2 500 on 12 July 2018.

However on 18 September this year Peters ask the State to refund his bail as he is in custody for another matter and his bail was refunded.

On Monday the accused ask the court for a reduction in the initial bail he was given as he has now paid bail in the other case.

Anderson told the accused that he first need to provide proof of payment that he is indeed on bail on the other matter before the court could consider a reduction in the murder case.

Pieters is remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Holding Cell until his next court appearance.

Source: Namibia Press Agency