13 February 2013

Namibia: Three in Court Over Murder of Student

THE police have arrested three young men in connection with the killing of a student whose burnt remains were found in Windhoek six months ago.The three arrested suspects made a first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura yesterday.

Shadino Bowe (22), Lewellyn Beukes (23), and Willdrew Visagie (22) are charged with counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and malicious damage to property.

It is alleged that they murdered an International University of Management student, Eliakim Iinane (30), in Windhoek on August 2 last year.

They are also alleged to have torched the car Iinane was driving.

The burnt-out car was found in the Otjomuise area, where Iinane's burnt remains were also found, it was reported at the time of the incident.

The police reported at the time that it was suspected that Iinane had been stoned to death.

Bowe, Beukes and Visagie were informed of their rights to legal representation and to apply for legal aid during their court appearance before Magistrate Oupa Britz.

Only Bowe was legally represented, by lawyer Milton Engelbrecht, yesterday.

Their case was postponed to April 17 for further investigations to be done and to give them an opportunity to apply for legal aid.

They remain in custody.

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