16 January 2013

Namibia: Alleged Killer Dausab Suffers Legal Defeat

Windhoek — An attempt by double murder suspect, Julius 'Namab' Dauseb to have his bail conditions relaxed suffered a severe blow yesterday in the Windhoek High Court.

Judge Alfred Siboleka told Dausab's lawyer, Bradley Basson, in no uncertain terms there is no way there could be any change to the bail conditions imposed on Dausab when he was granted bail of N$40 000 in March last year.

According to Judge Siboleka, Dausab was granted bail for the sole purpose of receiving medical care for his various ailments.

The judge was adamant Dausab would have to strictly adhere to all conditions set by him, being that he (Dausab) must stay at his niece's house in the Otjomuise suburb of Windhoek until his trial is finalized; that he may not leave the district of Windhoek; that he has to report to the Wanaheda Police Station every morning, mid-day and late afternoon and that he may not have any contact with any of the State's witnesses or relatives of the victims.

Dausab only succeeded to be released on bail after a second attempt, when he claimed to have contracted asthma and pneumonia while in the cells for trial-awaiting prisoners at the Windhoek Central Prison.

Previous court appearances of Dausab also had to be postponed on several occasions after he contracted a severe and contagious case of tuberculosis. Bradley Basson on behalf of Dausab yesterday asked Judge Siboleka to relax Dausab's bail conditions to such an extent that he will be able to drive to auctions to buy cattle for his meat selling business; to allow him to renew his driver's licence and to relax the provisions of him having to report three times a day at the police station. He may also not renew his driver's licence or passport until his trial ends.

According to Basson, Dausab is suffering financially and that he is only able to buy meat from a secondary source, at almost double the price while he could buy the livestock at auctions himself.

Prosecutor Erick Moyo objected to Dausab's bail conditions being relaxed, reminding the judge that the charges against him are very serious in nature and should he be allowed to obtain a driver's licence he could easily flee the country since he was a truck driver and left the country frequently before his arrest.

Judge Siboleka agreed with Moyo and reiterated that the main reason Dausab was granted bail in the first place was for him to obtain medical care.

Forty-three-year-old Dausab faces a double murder charge for the shooting of two women in the Ovitoto area in June of 2009. The State alleges that he killed his girlfriend Paulina Kenamuni (28) and her mother Elfrieda Kenamuni (44) by shooting them with a powerful hunting rifle. It is alleged that the ending of the relationship by the younger woman, who used to live with Dausab at Otjiwarongo, is what triggered the killings.

The State alleges that Dausab drove from Otjiwarongo to the home of his girlfriend's parents at Okandjira in an apparent attempt at reconciliation. Earlier reports indicated that at around midnight on the day in question Dausab knocked at the door of the shack of the family and when his ex-girlfriend's mother opened the door he allegedly pointed the barrel of a .308 hunting rifle through a hole in the door and shot the woman in the chest. Reports indicated Paulina had, by that time, already been shot dead with the same gun. She was also severely beaten.

It is said that after he allegedly killed the two women, Dausab drove back to Otjiwarongo, but the police arrested him before he reached the town.

Dausab is also accused of having possessed the alleged murder weapon and ammunition without a licence. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

During earlier appearances, Basson indicated to Judge Siboleka that Dausab admits to being at the scene when the two women were shot, but denies that he killed them, instead claiming that the murders were committed by an unknown man, whom he described as being short and stout and driving a white car.

The case has now been set down to resume on October 7 and will continue up to October 11 and then again from October 17 to 25.

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