Suspects in shooting of South African national appear in court

Three suspects linked to the shooting incident of a 55-year-old South African national on Monday night outside Outjo appeared in the Outjo Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The accused are Samba Mukuve, 34, Elvis Garab, 20, and the 21-year-old Innocentius Evalistus all working on the farm where the victim was a farmforeman.

The trio appeared before the Outjo Magistrate, Immanuel Udjombala who explained their legal right to engage a private lawyer of their choice; apply for a State funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice's Directorate of Legal Aid; or defend themselves in court.

Mukuve and Garab indicated to conduct own defence, while Evalistus to apply for the Legal Aid lawyer.

The three faces a charge of attempted murder after they allegedly shot and injured their farm boss in an ambush.

They are also accused of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft and operating a vehicle of the victim without his consent.

Public prosecutor, Adjah Nepembe strongly opposed any granting of bail to the accused saying it will not be in the public interest for them to be released on bail while police investigations still at an infant stage.

Nepembe also told court the trio allegedly knows that committed a serious offence, therefore, if released on bail they might abscond and refuse to attend court in the future.

Their case was then postponed to 17 December 2019 for further police investigations and to allow Evalistus to acquire the Legal Aid lawyer.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Otjozondjupa Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas told this news agency Wednesday that the three allegedly ambushed the victim and his wife when they were travelling from Outjo towards the farm situated about 90 kilometres southwest of Outjo.

The couple came across rocks and branches that had been placed on the gravel road to the farm between 20h00 and 21h00.

Since the obstacles were blocking them from driving through, the man stopped and got out of the vehicle to remove them from the road, Andreas said.

The man was then shot once on the left side of his chest.

His wife drove him to the Outjo State Hospital where he received medical attention before being transferred to a hospital in the capital where on Wednesday was reported recovering.

Andreas said during the arrests of the accused men on Tuesday and Wednesday some stolen goods from the farmhouse were allegedly found in their possession.

It is alleged they first broke into the house and stole a hunting firearm, its ammunition and a variety of valuable goods belonging to the victim and fled the farm on foot.

Police investigations in the matter continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency