Lecturer denied bail after shootings

06 December 2018 | Justice

A 44-year-old Unam lecturer, who allegedly shot and injured two men on Monday night in Rundu's Kehemu location, was denied bail by the Rundu Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Nelson Antonio, an education lecturer at the University of Namibia (Unam) Rundu campus, appeared on two counts of attempted murder.

The matter was postponed until 15 January 2019 for further police investigations and for Antonio to acquire legal representation. According to a police report, the incident happened at around 22:30 in Kehemu location. Antonio allegedly shot and wounded two men who are receiving treatment in the Rundu state hospital.

The two have been identified as brothers Moses and Gerson Batista, both 25 years old.

It is alleged that the two brothers were driving when Antonio opened fire from his car.

He allegedly first shot Moses in the right leg and then hit Gerson in the neck and upper arm.

Moses ran away while Gerson drove to the Rundu police station, where he collapsed and was rushed to hospital.

The police tracked Antonio to his home, arrested him and seized his registered 9mm pistol.

The motive for the shooting is still unclear, but there are rumours that the suspect had been romantically involved with the sister of the two victims.