Murder accused’s bail application postponed to Friday

The unavailability of a State witness to testify in the formal bail hearing of 34-year-old man who stands accused of stabbing another man to death here in February this year, has cause the hearing to be postponed to early November.

The accused, Angula Immanuel Shaningilwe made a brief appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court before magistrate Melissa Mungunda on Tuesday.

On the 25 October, defence closed its arguments and on Tuesday the court was supposed to hear testimony from state witnesses on why the accused should not be granted bail.

During the court hearing on Tuesday State Representative Frederick van der Colf inform the court that the State witness set to testify in support why the accused should not be granted bail is sick and will not be able to testify.

Mungunda then postponed the case to 29 October 2019 for continuation of bail hearing.

At the start of the accused's bail hearing on 16 October, Van der Colf informed the court that the State opposed bail because it is not in the interest of the public and of administration of justice for bail to be granted.

He added that the State has a very strong case against the accused and fears that the accused might abscond and not stand his trial.

During cross-examination by the State, Shaningilwe said the deceased was the one who assaulted him first resulting in a struggle between them.

He charged that the deceased fell on the knife that he (deceased) wanted to stab him with.

Defence legal aid lawyer, Stephen Coetzee said bail should be granted on basis that his client acted in self-defence.

Angula Immanuel Shaningilwe Shaningilwe is accused of stabbing 45-year-old Joseph Johannes in the neck at a cuca shop in the Extension 7 informal settlement on 13 February.

The accused was remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop Police holding cells until his next court appearance.

Source: Namibia Press Agency