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Otjomuise murder suspect appears in court

03/10/2017
by Court reporter 
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Erastus Heita (41), who allegedly murdered his live-in girlfriend in the wee hours of Monday, appeared in the Windhoek Magistrates' Court in Katutura yesterday.

Heita is accused of murder under the Domestic Violence Act after he shot dead his girlfriend of nine years. 

The court denied him bail and postponed his case to 25 January 2018. 

Public prosecutor Victoria Thomson told the court that the accused had a chance of interfering with the state witnesses and police investigations and therefore it would be in the interest of justice to deny him bail.

“Violence against women and children in Windhoek has continually been increasing, and the accused cannot be granted bail,” Thomson said. 

Heita told the court that he was still not in a position to decide on whether he will represent himself or whether he will hire a state or private lawyer.

“I am not in a position to make any decision as to who will represent me in court. I do not feel like making any decisions at all,” Heita told the court.

He later told the court that he would hire the services of a private lawyer to handle his case when his trial begins.