Councillor denied bail in assault case

31 December 2019 | Justice

The Swapo councillor for Ndiyona Constituency, Eugen Likuwa, (49), who was arrested for allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill his wife on Christmas Day, was denied bail by the Rundu Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Magistrate Hellen Olaiya postponed the matter to 20 April 2020 for plea and trial as well as for further police investigations.

Likuwa faces one count of assault by threat and another of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Both counts are read along with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act.

The State opposed bail on the basis that the offences related to gender-based violence are serious and that it would not be in the public interest to grant Likuwa bail.





The State further objected to bail on the grounds that the accused would interfere with police investigations and witnesses.



Likuwa informed the court that he would conduct his own defence.



According to the charge sheet, the incident happened at around 20:00 on 25 December near Vashweneka village when Likuwa allegedly assaulted his wife by pushing her head into the ground and punching her all over her body.



It is further alleged that Likuwa threatened to kill his wife.



While police investigations into the matter continue, Namibian Sun has established that the incident emanated from an altercation between Likuwa's wife and his sister.



A number of Swapo Party members, including several Kavango East Region constituency councillors, attended yesterday's court proceedings.

Many appeared gutted after Magistrate Olaiya dropped the bombshell that no bail would be granted.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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