Key accused in businessman’s death not ready for trial

The unavailability of a court interpreter on Monday forced the postponement of the start of the trial of five men accused of murdering a Walvis Bay businessman in June 2016.

Their murder trial was scheduled to start before High Court Judge Dinah Usiku at the High Court building on the premises of the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, but could not proceed due to the unavailability of the assigned Oshiwambo-English language interpreter.

Because of the unavailability of the interpreter, Judge Usiku ordered the postponement of the matter until Tuesday at 10h00 to allow the prosecution's office enough time to avail an interpreter.

The five accused's Legal Aid-funded defence lawyers Jarmaine Muchali, Mese Tjituri, Mposikeng Dube, Trevor Brockerhoff and Titus Ipumbu, as well as State Advocate Marthino Olivier, did not object to the postponement.

The five accused in the matter are Malakia Shiweda, 28; David Shekundja, 27; Gotlieb Panduleni, 30; David Tashiya, 29; and Ally Ndapuka Hinaivali, 29.

Hans-JAlrg MAlller was allegedly attacked and shot in the stomach during an armed robbery at his house in Walvis Bay between 16 and 17 June 2016, leading to his death in hospital a few days later.

The five accused are charged with counts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and housebreaking with intent to rob, among other charges.

Accused Panduleni was out on bail for three other murder charges prior to MAlller's death.

The five men remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility's trial-awaiting section since their arrest, with no option to post bail.

Source: Namibia Press Agency