Unavailability of interpreter forces Walvis Bay murder trial delay

The unavailability (absence) of a court interpreter has on Monday forced the postponement of the start of the trial of five men accused of murdering Walvis Bay businessman Hans-JAlrg MAlller at his house between 16 and 17 June 2016 at the harbour town in the Erongo Region.

The accused men's alleged murder trial was scheduled to kick-off on Monday morning before High Court Judge Dinah Usiku at the High Court building located at the premises of the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, but could not proceed due to the unavailability of the Oshiwambo-English language and vice-versa interpreter.

As a result of the unavailability of the interpreter before court today, Judge Usiku, thereafter, ordered the postponement of the matter until Tuesday at 10h00 to allow the prosecution's office enough time to avail an interpreter before court.

The five accused' s Legal Aid-funded defence lawyers of Jarmaine Muchali, Mese Tjituri, Mposikeng Dube, Trevor Brockerhoof and Titus Ipumbu as well as State Advocate Marthino Olivier did not raise objections against the postponement.

The five accused in the matter are Malakia Shiweda, 28, David Shekundja, 27, Gotlieb Panduleni, 30, David Tashiya, 29, and Ally Ndapuka Hinaivali, 29.

In the matter, the late MAlller was allegedly attacked and shot in the stomach during an armed robbery incident at his house between 16 and 17 June 2016, leading to his death in hospital a few days later.

The five are each charged with counts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and housebreaking with intent to rob, among other charges.

Accused Panduleni was out on bail for three other murder charges prior to MAlller's death.

The five men remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility's trial-awaiting section since arrest with no option to post bail.

Source: Namibia Press Agency