Woman who allegedly stabbed daughter appears in court

A 36-year-old woman who was arrested for allegedly stabbing her three-year-old daughter here on Saturday made her first court appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The accused, ElfriedA Stoffel appeared before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda who postponed her case to 06 November for the accused to acquire legal represented and for further police investigations.

State representative Coleen Yisa inform the court that the State opposes the granting of bail because the state believe it has a strong case against the accused and it will not be in the interest of the administration of justice for bail to be granted.

Yisa also added that police investigations are at an early and sensitive stage and that it will not be in the interest of the public for bail to be granted.

Mungunda however reminded the accused of her right to bring forth a formal bail application if she wishes to be release on bail.

During the court hearing on Monday Stoffel indicated to the court that she wishes to apply for a legal aid lawyer.

Stoffel faces a charge of attempt murder read with domestic violence Art 4/2003.

She remanded in custody at the Keetmanshoop police holding cells until her next court appearance.

The Namibian Police Force's crime investigations coordinator for ||Kharas, Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo told Nampa on Monday that Stoffel was arrested on Saturday after she stabbed her three-year-old daughter, Beulah Stoffel twice in the back.

The victim is currently hospitalised but in a stable condition. The incident around 18h00 at the Lemoendraai residential area, Mubebo said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency