27 November 2012

Namibia: Alleged Passion Killer Denied Bail

Walvis Bay — Alleged murderer, Otto Hangula (36) who appeared yesterday morning in the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court on a charge of murder and domestic violence, was denied bail by Magistrate John Liwoyo Sindano.

He stands accused of brutally murdering his girlfriend Martha Nakale last week Thursday at the Walvis Bay municipal dumpsite where he reportedly battered her with an iron rod in the presence of several onlookers.

He allegedly assaulted Nakale, the mother of a six-year-old-boy, while they were collecting recycling material with others at the dumpsite. After the brutal attack on Nakale, Hangula allegedly fled to town where he was arrested while drinking at the Singles Quarters in Walvis Bay.

It is not yet clear what sparked the brutal assault on Nakale, who sustained horrendous blows on the back of her head. According to Martha's family who were also present during Hangula's brief appearance in court, Martha recently withdrew an assault case against the suspect after she was also assaulted in March this year.

State prosecutor, Rose Nangobe, opposed bail on the grounds the accused might abscond and also intimidate state witnesses.

"The accused being released on bail will not be in the interest of the public. This is not the first time that the accused was arrested for assaulting the deceased," Nangombe said.

She then requested that Hangula's case be remanded to January 17, 2013 for further police investigations.

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