Ndiyona Councillor Likuwa released on N.dollars 5000 bail

Ndiyona constituency councillor Eugen Likuwa, who stands accused of allegedly assaulting his wife on Christmas Day, was on Friday released on bail of N.dollars 5000.

The 49-year-old Likuwa was released on bail when his formal bail application was approved in the Rundu Magistrate Court on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm read with the domestic violence act.

The accused appeared before Rundu's presiding Magistrate Hellen Olaiya on Friday afternoon in a packed courtroom.

Likuwa who was absent during the continuation of his bail application due to illness was arrested on Sunday for allegedly punching his wife several times and strangling her, which resulted in the victim sustaining serious injuries.

The accused defence counsel, led by Beatrix Boois from BB Boois Attorney asked the court to release the accused from custody after his spouse, Clementine Mpande Likuwa, who also happens to be the complainant in the case filled a withdrawn statement asking the court to release the accused on bail because he is the breadwinner in the family.

The defence counsel argued the accused to be granted bail because he is the breadwinner that pays for the children's school fees and for him to take care of the children because there is no one taking care of them at the moment.

However, the investigating officer in the case, Detective Warrant Officer, Paulus Kapolo, when crossed examined by Boois objected the granting of bail due to the seriousness of the case and that the accused threatened to kill the complainant and domestic violence is a serious offence in the country.

The accused threatened to kill the victim and he might fulfil his promise to kill the victim if released on bail, argued the investigating officer.

He further added that it would also not be in the best interest of the public and the administration of justice for the accused to be set free and the possibility of him interfering with the state witnesses is very high.

Furthermore, during the cross-examination of the complainant who is also a state witness by Advocate Simba Nduna, who was representing the state in the matter together with Rauna Shihwandu, the complainant told the court that she is not objecting bail because the accused is the breadwinner in the family and there is no one to take care of the children.

Pressed on the fact that the accused threatened to kill her, the complainant said she knows her husband since they are legally married, he will not do anything to her.

Magistrate Olaiya released the accused on bail without any conditions since the spouse who was the main witness in the case indicated that they are legally married and her life is not in danger. The case was postponed to 20 April 2020 for pre and trial.

Source: Namibia Press Agency