18 January 2013

Namibia: Suspects Arraigned for Gruesome Murder

Gobabis — Another two suspects appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate's Court yesterday for the murder of renowned community stock theft investigator, Hiambepo 'Major' Kazeurua.

Thirty-nine year old Stockley Kauejao and 24-year-old Muvare Kaporo were added as accused number two and three respectively to the ongoing murder case. Accused number one, Matthew Kakururume, already appeared in court on Monday and his case has now been appended to that of his co-accused.

Kauejao is also charged with stock theft and appeared on Wednesday on that charge.

State Prosecutor Charmaine Burger informed Magistrate Victor Nyazo that the State strongly opposes bail, since the suspects face serious charges and for fear that they would interfere with the investigation.

In the case of Kaporo, she indicated that there exists a flight risk, since he hails from Ruacana in the Omusati Region. Burger also told the court that it will not be in the interest of society, as well as their own safety to release the suspects on bail.

Kauejao and Kaporo were not asked to plead and after their rights to legal representation were explained to them, Kauejao indicated to the court that he will engage a private lawyer, while Kaporo wants to apply for legal aid.

Magistrate Nyazo postponed the matter to March 8 for further investigation and to enable Kaporo to apply for legal aid, but told both accused they may lodge a formal bail application. All three accused remain in police custody.

It has in the meantime emerged that another suspect, believed to be the driver of the truck that ferried the cattle, has been arrested and will be added to the case. The accused are all alleged to be involved in the gruesome murder and mutilation of Kazeurua whose partly burned body was found in an aardvark burrow on January 7, after being reported missing for days earlier.

Earlier reports suggested that Kazeurua, who was an avid and able stock-theft investigator, was reportedly hot on the trail of stolen cattle when he was murdered. All the stolen cattle have in the meantime been recovered and returned to their rightful owner.

Police Regional Commander of Omaheke Region, Commissioner Josephat Abel has indicated that more arrests could follow as the investigation continues.

During yesterday's appearance a heavy police presence was maintained, but much fewer people attended the hearing than was expected.

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