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Last chance for American murder accused to secure lawyer

by Kelvin Chiringa

 One of the Americans accused in the murder of a Namibian national has been given one last chance to secure legal aid or risk standing trial on his own as the court can no longer afford further postponements.   

The accused, Marcus Thomas finds himself in limbo after his lawyer Kadhila Amoomo withdrew from the case this month and another, Gilroy Kasper could not take it up due to commitments this year. 

He is charged together with his accomplice Kevin Townsend and the two have been in and out of court this week with no possible breakthrough.

The judge has set the 1th and 15th of February next year as trial dates while a review will be carried out on the 28th of November.

Meanwhile Thomas and Kevin Townsend are said to have, eight years ago, killed a Namibian national, Andre Heckmair, when they shot him to the head in Klein Windhoek, while he was visiting his family from Switzerland. 

They are facing charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances, unlawful importation of a firearm into Namibia, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.

 Thomas underwent psychiatric observation last year and he was declared unfit to stand trial by state psychiatrist Dr. Frederika Mthoko as he was said to be suffering from a “neurocognitive disorder” but this was not accepted by Judge Liebenberg who ordered a second round of psychiatric observation by two independent psychiatrists.

His attempts to derail the murder case were also frustrated last year when he was denied leave to appeal.

He has also as of late slammed the judge for being biased while his co-accused has also been on a firing spree of his lawyers.