State witnesses opposed the granting of bail for accused Ernst Lichtenstrasser, as they fear for their lives after threats made against them

State witnesses in the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) double murder case have opposed the granting of bail for accused Ernst Lichtenstrasser, as they fear for their lives after threats made against them.

This was revealed by a member of the investigation team of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Inspector ReinhardMaletzky, during his testimony in the accused's bail hearing in the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court yesterday.

He told the court that some witnesses came forth and filed complaints of threats by the accused.

Maletzky said they also fear that the accused might interfere with or influence his 14-year-old son who is a crucial part of the case and is currently living with his biological mother, and that the accused might abscond.

Lichtenstrasser stands accused of the murders of NIMT director Eckhart Mueller, 72, and deputy director HeimoHellwig, 60, who were shot to death in front of the NIMT campus office block in Arandis on 15 April 2019.

Source: Namibia Press Agency