Refugees commissioner’s murder case ready for trial

The case of the Commissioner of Refugees, Likius Valombola who stands accused of killing a young man in Katutura during an alleged road rage shooting incident in May 2018, is now ready for trial.

The accused Commissioner made another appearance before High Court Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial of case management review on Thursday morning when he was informed that his alleged murder case has been allocated to Acting High Court Judge Claudia Classen who will be presiding over the trial.

Valombola is scheduled to make his first appearance before Acting Judge Classen on 29 October 2019 when both the prosecution representative, State Advocate Cliff Lutibezi and the accused's privately-instructed defence lawyer Sisa Namandje will come together to decide on a date for the commencement of the trial.

The commissioner's alleged murder case was on 26 June 2019 transferred from the Katutura Magistrate's Court to the Windhoek High Court as per decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor- General (PG).

In the matter, it is alleged that Valombola shot the late Windhoek resident Helao Ndjaba twice in the head in an alleged road rage incident on the night of 18 May 2018.

The 25-year-old Ndjaba succumbed to his injuries on 28 May 2018 after spending days in the intensive care unit at Katutura State Hospital.

The accused commissioner has already entered his preliminary pleas of not guilty to the charges against him on 21 January 2019 in accordance with the provisions of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.

Valombola is currently out on bail of N.dollars 15 000, which was granted on 31 May 2018 after he brought a successful formal bail application in the Katutura Magistrate's Court.

Source: Namibia Press Agency