Chinese duo's murder case transferred to High Court

11 January 2021 | Justice

KENYA KAMBOWE

MUKWE



The case of the two Chinese-born businessmen accused of killing Haushiku Muyevu (32) in 2019 has been transferred to the Oshakati High Court.

The two accused, Xuefeng Chen (30) and Zhenhai Zhou (32), who are currently out on bail of N$100 000 each, appeared before Magistrate Sonia Samupofu at the Mukwe Period Court last week Wednesday.

On 22 October 2020 the court postponed the matter in the absence of the prosecutor-general's decision to prosecute and a ballistics report. However, a decision has been made for the case to be transferred to Oshakati High Court.

The accused are expected to appear on 17 February.

The accused, who are out on bail, were warned not to abscond. They must continue to report to the Divundu police station every Friday, may not interfere with witnesses and their travel documents remain in police custody.



Not guilty plea

The two accused have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and the illegal discharge of a firearm in public.

The two suspects allegedly shot Muyevu four times on 17 April 2019. According to police reports, Muyevu, who was employed by the suspects, had demanded severance pay following his dismissal earlier that day. An argument ensued, during which the suspects allegedly shot Muyevu and left him to die outside their shop. During their initial bail application in September last year, the two suspects claimed they had acted in self-defence after being attacked with a hammer. Zhou denied the State's version that he had travelled from Divundu to Andara with the two guns used to kill Muyevu. He said he carried his gun with him at all times, while Chen had his own firearm, which was under the counter of his shop. Zhou said when he arrived at Chen's shop, Muyevu and Chen had already been involved in a heated argument.

He told the court that while he and Chen were behind the counter, they saw Muyevu pick up a hammer inside the shop.

He claimed that when Muyevu approached them, Chen pulled his gun from under the counter to defend himself. Zhou said while Chen and Muyevu were scuffling, he saw that Muyevu was in a position to hurt Chen with the hammer.

It was at that point that he fired the first shots, while aiming at the right arm of deceased.

Court records show that the families of the two accused have spent close to N$39 000 to assist Muyevu's family in terms of customary law.

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