No bail for man who allegedly killed girlfriend in Khomasdal

WINDHOEK: A Khomasdal resident who allegedly killed his 22-year-old girlfriend by stabbing her several times all over her body in the capital on Monday, has been refused bail.

Johny Raymond Diergaardt was refused bail when he made a first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Mungunda Street in Katutura on Thursday morning.

The 28-year-old Diergaardt was refused bail after the prosecution, led by Public Prosecutor Peter Kandjumbwa, objected to the granting of bail due to the seriousness and complexity of the charge the alleged killer is facing.

Diergaardt was also told to bring a formal bail application before court if he wants to be released on bail.

He was further informed about his constitutional rights to legal representation of his choice, after which he opted to apply to the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-funded defence lawyer while he waits for his family members to find him a privately-owned defence lawyer to defend him during future court proceedings and the trial proper.

Diergaardt’s alleged murder is being dealt with under the strict provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2003, which in case of conviction warrants a heavy and long prison term.

He appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Surita Savage, and his case was remanded until 25 April this year, pending further police investigations into the matter and for the accused person to get a response from the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid on his application for a State-funded defence lawyer.

City Police Chief Abraham Kanime told Nampa on Tuesday that the alleged stabbing and killing incident occurred on Monday between 21h00 and 22h00 in Garnet Street near the Park Foods shopping centre in the Khomasdal residential area.

Diergaardt allegedly stabbed his late girlfriend Tiffany Lewin more than six times all over her body with one or more kitchen knives.

He then fled the scene thereafter.

“A knife was still stuck in the victim’s head when the police arrived at the scene, while two other kitchen knives were found next to her body, which was left lying inside the backyard of the flat where the two were believed to have been living together,” City police officers who responded to the emergency call said.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Khomas Regional Commander, Major-General Desiderius Shilunga told this news agency that Diergaardt was arrested in Khomasdal at around 02h00 on Tuesday morning.

According to the City Police officers, more than 10 stab wounds were observed on the woman’s lifeless body.

The victim’s four-year-old son apparently came from the backyard whilst holding a knife and crying.

It is suspected that the knife which he was carrying was also used to stab the woman, but this has not yet been confirmed.

The exact motive behind the alleged murder is still under police investigation.

Meanwhile, peace-loving Namibians from all walks of life across the country are observing a national prayer day against the ongoing passion killing and other related gender-based acts of violence committed against women and girls.