Namibia: Mariental Arson Accused Denied Bail

THE 24-year-old woman arrested at Mariental on Saturday for allegedly setting her boyfriend's house on fire and damaging his car, made her first appearance in the Mariental Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Christa Patricia Fransman appeared before Magistrate Vincent Nzaca on a charge of arson and malicious damage to property and was denied bail due to the serious-ness of the case.

It is alleged that the suspect, believed to be the girlfriend of the victim, Mclary Bryan Petrus, set the victim's house, located at the Aimablaagte residential area, on fire, resulting in the destruction of household appliances such as a fridge, television set and lounge suite on Saturday between 03h00 and 04h00. She also damaged the windshield of his vehicle.

The damaged items have an es-timated value of N$28 000.

Her case was postponed to 16 March 2020 to allow her to apply for legal aid and for further police investigations.

Public prosecutor Loide Nghixu-lifwa represented the state in the matter, while Fransman was with-out any legal representation.

She is detained at the Mariental police holding cells.

In a separate case, a 28-year-old man was arrested at Gibeon in the Hardap region last Wednesday after he allegedly broke into a house at the village and stole items worth N$4 554. The man appeared in the Mariental Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of housebreaking and theft.

His case was postponed to 25 March for legal aid application and further police investigations.

The accused, Timotheus Rooi, was denied bail and remanded in custody at the Gibeon police holding cells.

It is alleged that the suspect committed the crime between 26 November last year and 7 January 2020 after he broke down the sitting-room door of the house and gained access. He broke down all doors to the three bedrooms and stole items such as jewellery, kitchen utensils, floor mats and shoes.

All the stolen items were re-covered.

Nghixulifwa represented the state in the matter.

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