No bail for suspect in Finnish shooting

WINDHOEK: A Windhoek resident who allegedly shot and killed a Finnish national at a local sports bar in Windhoek during a road range incident on Sunday, has been refused bail.

The 43-year-old Rodney Shaningwa was refused bail when he made a first appearance on a charge of murder in the Special Court of the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court along Luderitz Street here on Wednesday morning.

The prosecution led by Public Prosecutor Joseph Andreas strongly objected to the granting of bail to Shaningwa on the grounds that the accused killer may abscond from Namibia to other countries while free on bail in efforts to avoid prosecution due to the seriousness of the charge he is facing.

Other grounds for the refusal of bail were that it would not be in the interests of the administration of justice and public at large to grant Shaningwa bail now because police investigations into his alleged murder case were still at an initial stage and he may interfere with the police investigations.

Meanwhile, Shaningwa’s privately-instructed defence lawyer Martha Hangula informed the court that her client will bring a formal bail application before court in the next few days in a bid to be released on bail.

As per agreement reached between Public Prosecutor Andreas and defence lawyer Hangula, accused Shaningwa’s case was remanded until 16 October this year (2015) , pending further police investigations into the matter.

Shaningwa was then remanded in police custody with no option to post bail.

Shaningwa was arrested by the police on Tuesday shortly after being on the run for almost two days.

He appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Ruth Herunga on Wednesday.

The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Inspector Slogan Matheus informed Nampa on Tuesday afternoon that Shaningwa was arrested at his family home in Windhoek-North on Tuesday at about 10h00.

Matheus said the pistol allegedly used during the incident was also recovered.

The suspect also identified the unnamed place where he had hidden (parked) his vehicle that was involved in the collision.

It is reported that Shaningwa allegedly fired nine rounds from his pistol, killing the Finnish national, Ronni Marco Kristian Uolevi, 42, at around 00h30, after Uolevi allegedly drove into the back of his vehicle with the Land Rover Discovery sports utility vehicle in front of Jokers Pizzeria and Sports Bar in Bell Street.

The suspect then allegedly got back into his car and drove away.

Matheus added that an on-going investigation is also being conducted to determine whether the firearm used during the incident is licensed or not.

Results from the autopsy conducted to determine how many rounds fired hit the deceased’s body have not been made available yet.

The story has made media headlines in Finland, Uolevi native country.