Family shooting survivor wants bail for husband

Family shooting survivor wants bail for husband

ONE bloody evening in Khomasdal almost two months ago, Windhoek resident Michael Endjala allegedly tried to murder his wife, two of his children, and his sister-in-law.

But on Friday, Endjala’s wife, Priscilla Endjala, asked a Windhoek Magistrate to grant her husband bail so that he can return to the family that he is accused of having tried to kill. Summing up her sentiments on the suggestion that her husband, who is facing four charges of attempted murder, should be released from Police custody, Mrs Endjala told Magistrate Desmond Beukes: “I want him to be out.”She made that statement while answering a few brief questions from her husband’s lawyer, Sisa Namandje.Namandje did not have much to ask her, since by the time Public Prosecutor Hitjevi Tjiroze had wrapped up her evidence to the court, it was clear that her sympathies lay with her husband rather than with the State that is intending to prosecute him on charges of having tried to kill his family on October 20.On that evening at their rented flat in Khomasdal’s Garnet Street, it is alleged, Michael Endjala (28) took a 9mm Makarov pistol and started shooting at his wife, the couple’s eight-year-old son and 16-month-old daughter, and his wife’s sister, Dorothy Gatyehe.Mrs Endjala was shot in the chest, the couple’s son was struck in the left leg, the baby was hit in the stomach, and Gatyehe was wounded in the abdomen.She was shot in the back while trying to flee to safety, the court was told on Friday.After the shooting, it is alleged, Endjala sped off in a car, taking the wounded baby girl with him.He was found at Medi-Clinic Hospital, and arrested later that evening.By the time Detective Linekela Hilundwa arrived at the hospital, Endjala had also tried to shoot himself in the head, butwas not seriously injured, Hilundwa said.Hilundwa related that when he first questioned Mrs Endjala in hospital, she told him that they were in town earlier that day, when a male acquaintance had greeted her.That seemed to make Endjala angry, Hilundwa said he was told.Mrs Endjala appeared to be a reluctant, even recalcitrant witness, when Tjiroze called her to testify.She baulked at telling the court about the incident when Tjiroze first asked her what had happened.”I already told some people, why do you now want to hear?” she answered early in her testimony.”I don’t feel like talking about it,” she added, before stating: “I don’t want to talk about it, because I don’t like to go back to the old days.”Eventually, Tjiroze got her to tell the court who was responsible for the shooting .That was Michael Endjala, she confirmed..When Tjiroze asked her to tell the court what the reason for the shooting was, she answered: “Things happen these days.If someone isn’t in his right mind, things happen.”Earlier on the day of the shooting, she had been to the Magistrate’s Court in Katutura to get a domestic violence restraining order against Endjala.She told the Magistrate that she wanted to get help from the Police to have Endjala’s firearm taken away from him – simply because she “had a strange feeling inside me that day” – but that help was not forthcoming.Her husband was the sole breadwinner in the family, and she needed him to be working so that the family’s bills – including medical expenses for the wounded baby – could get paid, she said.”I don’t think it will happen again,” she replied when asked if she did not think there was a risk that Endjala could repeat the incident .When asked why she thought so, she did not answer.She later added: “How can I be worried if we are all alive? Everything is going well.””I’m really not a bad person,” Endjala said, adding he needed another chance, and that he did not think it would be fair to his three children to punish them by keeping him in custody.Endjala eventually confirmed that he had been responsible for the shooting.When Tjiroze initially asked him if he knew who had carried out the shooting, Endjala answered, as if speaking about someone else: “It’s Michael.”Then he added: “It’s me.”The hearing of the bail application is scheduled to continue on Thursday.Summing up her sentiments on the suggestion that her husband, who is facing four charges of attempted murder, should be released from Police custody, Mrs Endjala told Magistrate Desmond Beukes: “I want him to be out.”She made that statement while answering a few brief questions from her husband’s lawyer, Sisa Namandje.Namandje did not have much to ask her, since by the time Public Prosecutor Hitjevi Tjiroze had wrapped up her evidence to the court, it was clear that her sympathies lay with her husband rather than with the State that is intending to prosecute him on charges of having tried to kill his family on October 20.On that evening at their rented flat in Khomasdal’s Garnet Street, it is alleged, Michael Endjala (28) took a 9mm Makarov pistol and started shooting at his wife, the couple’s eight-year-old son and 16-month-old daughter, and his wife’s sister, Dorothy Gatyehe.Mrs Endjala was shot in the chest, the couple’s son was struck in the left leg, the baby was hit in the stomach, and Gatyehe was wounded in the abdomen.She was shot in the back while trying to flee to safety, the court was told on Friday.After the shooting, it is alleged, Endjala sped off in a car, taking the wounded baby girl with him.He was found at Medi-Clinic Hospital, and arrested later that evening.By the time Detective Linekela Hilundwa arrived at the hospital, Endjala had also tried to shoot himself in the head, butwas not seriously injured, Hilundwa said.Hilundwa related that when he first questioned Mrs Endjala in hospital, she told him that they were in town earlier that day, when a male acquaintance had greeted her.That seemed to make Endjala angry, Hilundwa said he was told.Mrs Endjala appeared to be a reluctant, even recalcitrant witness, when Tjiroze called her to testify.She baulked at telling the court about the incident when Tjiroze first asked her what had happened.”I already told some people, why do you now want to hear?” she answered early in her testimony.”I don’t feel like talking about it,” she added, before stating: “I don’t want to talk about it, because I don’t like to go back to the old days.”Eventually, Tjiroze got her to tell the court who was responsible for the shooting .That was Michael Endjala, she confirmed..When Tjiroze asked her to tell the court what the reason for the shooting was, she answered: “Things happen these days.If someone isn’t in his right mind, things happen.”Earlier on the day of the shooting, she had been to the Magistrate’s Court in Katutura to get a domestic violence restraining order against Endjala.She told the Magistrate that she wanted to get help from the Police to have Endjala’s firearm taken away from him – simply because she “had a strange feeling inside me that day” – but that help was not forthcoming.Her husband was the sole breadwinner in the family, and she needed him to be working so that the family’s bills – including medical expenses for the wounded baby – could get paid, she said.”I don’t think it will happen again,” she replied when asked if she did not think there was a risk that Endjala could repeat the incident .When asked why she thought so, she did not answer.She later added: “How can I be worried if we are all alive? Everything is going well.””I’m really not a bad person,” Endjala said, adding he needed another chance, and that he did not think it would be fair to his three children to punish them by keeping him in custody.Endjala eventually confirmed that he had been responsible for the shooting.When Tjiroze initially asked him if he knew who had carried out the shooting, Endjala answered, as if speaking about someone else: “It’s Michael.”Then he added: “It’s me.”The hearing of the bail application is scheduled to continue on Thursday.

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