Outjo murder accused remanded in custody

A 30-year-old man accused to have murdered a 21-year-old Ronald Bock at Farm Eastwood on 11 July this year at night, made his first court appearance in the Outjo Magistrate's Court on Monday morning.

RinouzeuTjihoreko appeared before the Outjo Magistrate, PeingondjambiShipo.

Shipo explained his legal right to engage a lawyer of his own choice; apply for a State funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice's Directorate of Legal Aid or defend himself in court.

Tjihoreko opted to apply for the Legal Aid lawyer and his case was then also postponed to 25 September 2019 to allow him acquire the legal representation.

Public prosecutor, Johannes Kalipi who represented the State in court objected to the granting of bail, saying Tjihoreko faces a seriousness offence of murder.

The prosecutor further told court that it will not be in the public interest and that of the administration of justice if Tjihoreko is released on bail as police investigations are still at an early stage.

This man is also a danger to the community, therefore, he should not be released on bail at this stage, Kalipi said.

Tjihoreko was then remanded in police custody at Outjo.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha in an interview with Nampa last Thursday said the Tjihoreko on 11 July at night allegedly attacked Bock with a panga on the neck, killing him instantly during a fight at the farm.

Mbeha said Tjihoreko allegedly after committing the offence, fled the scene on foot in the bushes of Farm Eastwood at about 23h00, and was only arrested on Friday afternoon outside Khorixas.

Tjihoreko and Bock were both farmworkers on the farm.

Police investigations in the matter continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency