Bottleneck killer pleads guilty

Showen van Wyk admitted guilt during his first court appearance in Swakopmund o. Tuesday.

25 September 2020 | Justice



Murder accused Showen van Wyk (26) pleaded guilty when he made his first appearance before the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Van Wyk admitted his crime during cross-examination by prosecutor Beata Mwahi.

“I plead guilty because it is me who stabbed him,” said Van Wyk.

According to the police, Van Wyk stabbed Patrick Bekker (28) with a broken bottleneck in front of Komilunga Bar in Mondesa, Swakopmund, on Saturday.

“The deceased was allegedly involved an altercation with the suspect, who stabbed him on the left side of his neck,” said Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu.

“The victim died on the spot and the suspect was arrested at the scene,” Iikuyu said when he provided the police report at the weekend.

No bail

When asked why he had stabbed Bekker, Van Wyk told the court that they were involved in a fight.

“He was going for the bottle. It is the time I pulled him back. He did not want to let me go and that is the time I grabbed the bottle,” he said.

When asked whether he had acted out of retaliation, Van Wyk answered that Bekker had assaulted him first.

“He started beating me with his fists. My teeth got broken,” said Van Wyk.

Magistrate Nelao Paula Brown denied him bail.

“It would not be in the public interest if the accused is released on bail at this stage,” prosecutor Mwahi had submitted.

Van Wyk was remanded in custody and the case was postponed to 25 November.

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