Unam lecturer to be prosecuted

15 July 2019 | Justice

The case of the University of Namibia (Unam) lecturer, who allegedly shot and wounded two brothers last December in Rundu has been remanded to September.

The suspect, Nelson Antonio, 44, employed at Unam's Rundu campus, appeared before Magistrate Victor Nyazo on 4 July who remanded the matter to 26 September for Antonio's lawyer to be present in court, and for the fixing of the trial date.

Antonio told the court he could not afford to have his lawyer preesnt because of financial constraints.

Namibian Sun last reported that the matter was referred to the office of the prosecutor-general for a decision.

On 4 July the report was presented in court and the prosecutor-general decided that Antonio should be prosecuted.

Antonio is charged with two counts of attempted murder and for discharging a firearm in public, when he allegedly emptied an entire magazine and wounded Moses and Gerson Batista, who are both 25 years old, on 3 December in Rundu's Kehemu location.

The two victims are related to Antonio's ex-girlfriend and were driving her car at the time.

He is currently out on bail of N$10 000.

Antonio was initially denied bail by Magistrate Hellen Olaiya during his first bail application on 21 December 2018.

He however appealed successfully to the Windhoek High Court and Magistrate Sonia Samupofu granted him bail.

Meanwhile, he claims that he acted in self-defence. He testified during the bail hearing that he was sitting in his car when three men, including the two victims, pulled him out of his vehicle car and assaulted him.

He said he fired warning shots into the air, but had to shoot at the victims as one of them was on his way to their car to get a panga.

Antonio also testified that he has 10 children, five of whom were living with him at the time and needed him to care for them.

The State had opposed bail because of the seriousness of the offences and due to concerns that Antonio might interfere with the investigation.

Emma Mayavero prosecuted while Boris Isaacs represents Antonio.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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