The Namibian (Windhoek)

20 February 2013

Namibia: Man in Court for Baby's Death

A MAN accused of killing his girlfriend's baby on Saturday made a brief appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in Katutura on Tuesday.

Zanie Lambert (24) is facing a charge of murder in connection with the death of 22-month-old Ellerise Christiaan, and a charge of assault for allegedly assaulting the baby's mother, Walburga Christiaan, a few days before the alleged murder.

The case was postponed to May 13 2013 for further police investigation.

Lambert was denied bail.

Magistrate Oupa Britz presided over the case while prosecutor George Mhoney represented the State.

Walburga Christiaan laid an assault charge against Lambert after he allegedly teargassed and stabbed her on Wednesday last week, but he was apparently released from custody following a mix-up with his case number.

Upon his release Lambert visited Christiaan's place of work, where he allegedly threatened to kill her. When Christiaan fled their common home on Friday evening, he allegedly kidnapped the baby and killed her.

According to the post mortem report, the baby died of suffocation.

Lambert was arrested on Sunday. A suicide note written by him was found in his home.

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