Men accused of killing inmate back in court at Keetmanshoop

The three men who were charged with murder following the killing of an inmate at the Keetmanshoop police holding cells in August this year, made their second court appearance on Monday.

Court documents seen by Nampa on Wednesday shows that a 17-year-old boy, Jacobus !Uirab, 36 and Roland Tiboth, 23 appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court before magistrate Murray Shikongo.

Shikongo postponed their case to 28 January 2020 for further police investigations and for the accused persons to acquire legal aid.

The State was represented by Coleen Yisa.

During their first court appearance on 27 August 2019 all accused persons were denied bail because police investigations were at an early and sensitive stage.

However on 25 September this year all accused persons were granted bail in the amount of N.dollars 2 500,!Uirab is on bail while the other two are remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop police cells as they have not paid bail yet.

The three men face charges of murder read with the provisions of the Riotous Assemblies Act 17 of 1956 after they allegedly beat 21-year-old Ernesto Jahrs to death on the morning of 18 August this year, at the Keetmanshoop police holding cells.

It is alleged that the deceased had started a fight with one of the accused over an afro comb that belong to the accused person.

Jahars was found lying in a cell by officers who were on duty and was rushed to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The 21-year-old was detained for assault by threat read with domestic violence.

Source: Namibia Press Agency