Soldier briefly appears for girlfriend's murder

06 March 2018 | Justice

The case against a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) based at the Osona military base near Okahandja, who allegedly shot his girlfriend in January, was yesterday briefly heard in the Katutura Magistrate's Court. The matter was postponed to 18 March for further investigation.

Johannes Neuaka, 39, allegedly shot Shane Rittman in the head at her mother's house in Katutura on 21 January. The motive of the killing is not yet known.

He fled in a car, but later that same day handed himself over at the Katutura police station.

Prosecutor Muriel van Zyl yesterday informed Magistrate Bernedine Michelle Kubersky that the investigation into the matter was incomplete, as several witness statements were outstanding.

“There are a number of witnesses and they are not staying in Windhoek so police had to travel to get their statements and ballistic laboratory results are outstanding. This is a very serious case, it's not one of those cases were investigations take one month and we apply for a postponement,” Van Zyl submitted.

FRED GOEIEMAN

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