Walvis Bay murder trial postponed

The case of a group of five men who allegedly stand accused of murdering Walvis Bay businessman Hans-JAlrg MAlller in June 2016 at the harbour town in the Erongo Region was on Tuesday postponed until 23 September this year.

The trial is postponed to 23 September 2019 in order to provide a disclosure to key accused Panduleni Gotlieb, 30, to the accused's newly appointed defence lawyer Jarmaine Muchali.

Titus Mbeva, who earlier defended Gotlieb, only availed the disclosure to the new defence on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday's postponement was effected as per an agreement reached between State Advocate Marthino Olivier and the accused's legal aid funded defence lawyers of Trevor Brockerhoff, Mese Tjituri, Muchali and Titus Ipumbu in court.

The five accused are Malakia Shiweda, 28, David Shekundja, 35, Gotlieb, 30, David Tashiya, 29, and Ally Ndapuka Hinaivali, 29.

Gotlieb was also granted two weeks' time to go through the disclosure of the State's pre�trial memorandum before the case starts on 23 September 2019.

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

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

The five accused men remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, with no option to post bail since arrest.

High Court Judge Dinah Usiku is presiding over the alleged murder trial.

Source: Namibia Press Agency