26 June 2012

Namibia: Trio Arraigned for Farmer's Murder

Windhoek — Three men appeared in the Katutura Magistrate's Court yesterday in connection with the murder of a prominent small-livestock farmer on the night of June 6.

The three accused, Matias Inekela (31), Daniel Ashilungu (28) and Tjivikua Hengari (33) made a brief appearance before Magistrate Kauli Nghishitende.

Each of them faces a charge of murder and one count of robbery. They stand accused of the murder of 60-year-old Josef Siegfried Möwes (Sypie), who was shot at close range and died shortly afterwards in a crime that shook the small farming community of Dordabis.

He died while E-Med Rescue 24 medics who arrived at the scene were trying to resuscitate him.

The case was postponed to September 20 for further investigations and to enable the three accused to secure legal aid because of the seriousness of the crime.

Prosecutor George Mahoney objected to the trio being granted bail because of the seriousness of the offence. He also said that there was a likelihood that the three were not the only ones involved.

He said investigations were incomplete, adding that the trio may interfere with investigations and might even abscond. The three were informed that they could file a formal bail application. They were remanded in custody.

The victim was a respected farmer and ran a small shop at his house. His killing sent shock waves through the rural community.

Early this month, New Era reported that the victim's wife Poppie, who was in great shock yesterday, miraculously escaped death after the intruders ordered her to lie on the floor, while they ransacked the main bedroom.

Thereafter, they fled into the night leaving her alone with her gravely injured husband.

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