High Court trial date set for Swakopmund beach murder

High Court trial date set for Swakopmund beach murder

A DATE has been set for the High Court trial of three men accused of the murder of Swakopmund goldsmith Alexandra Mooren during an alleged armed robbery on a beach at the town in August 2004.

The trio – Naftalie Kondja (27), Matti Kamati (36) and Temus Natangwe Shiwalo (32) – are scheduled to go on trial in the High Court in Windhoek on September 18. Their trial has been set down to run until October 11 if necessary, they were told when they made a second pre-trial appearance in the High Court on Thursday last week.Kamati and Shiwalo, who indicated during their first pre-trial appearance last month that they chose not to be represented by a lawyer when the trial starts, were still unrepresented during last week’s court appearance.Kondja has applied for legal aid, and that application has been approved, but a specific defence lawyer still has to be instructed to represent him at the trial, Legal Aid Directorate official Fanie Windstaan told Judge Sylvester Mainga at the pre-trial hearing.The three men all face charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and theft in connection with an incident that took place on a normally peaceful beach at Swakopmund on the morning of August 13 2004.Alexandra Mooren, a 44-year-old goldsmith employed with a jeweller at Swakopmund, was walking along the beach on her way to work at around 07h45 when an armed robber attacked her, shooting her twice with a stolen .22 revolver and running off with her handbag after she had been felled.She died at the scene.The robber, it is alleged, was Kondja, and after he had fled from the scene, he gave Mooren’s handbag to Kamati or Shiwalo, or to them both, it is to be claimed at the trial, the prosecution has indicated.Shiwalo is a taxi driver, and he allegedly helped Kondja get away from the crime scene.The murder weapon had been stolen from a vehicle that was broken into at Swakopmund on the day before Mooren was shot.Kondja had the gun in his possession when he was arrested on the same morning as the fatal shooting, it is also alleged.In addition to the three charges that he is facing together with Kamati and Shiwalo, Kondja is also charged with counts of possessing a firearm without a licence and negligent handling of a firearm.Kondja is the only one of the three suspects to remain in custody pending the trial.Kamati and Shiwalo have been released on bail, and asked the court on Thursday to relax their bail conditions so that they no longer have to report twice a day to the Police at Swakopmund.Initially they had to report three times a day, but this was changed to twice daily when they asked for a change in the reporting schedule during their first pre-trial appearance in the High Court.The duo should consider themselves lucky to have received bail in the first place, State Advocate Sandra Miller told Judge Mainga.She told him the State would not agree to a further relaxing of the reporting conditions, and the Judge left these unchanged.Their trial has been set down to run until October 11 if necessary, they were told when they made a second pre-trial appearance in the High Court on Thursday last week.Kamati and Shiwalo, who indicated during their first pre-trial appearance last month that they chose not to be represented by a lawyer when the trial starts, were still unrepresented during last week’s court appearance.Kondja has applied for legal aid, and that application has been approved, but a specific defence lawyer still has to be instructed to represent him at the trial, Legal Aid Directorate official Fanie Windstaan told Judge Sylvester Mainga at the pre-trial hearing.The three men all face charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and theft in connection with an incident that took place on a normally peaceful beach at Swakopmund on the morning of August 13 2004.Alexandra Mooren, a 44-year-old goldsmith employed with a jeweller at Swakopmund, was walking along the beach on her way to work at around 07h45 when an armed robber attacked her, shooting her twice with a stolen .22 revolver and running off with her handbag after she had been felled.She died at the scene.The robber, it is alleged, was Kondja, and after he had fled from the scene, he gave Mooren’s handbag to Kamati or Shiwalo, or to them both, it is to be claimed at the trial, the prosecution has indicated.Shiwalo is a taxi driver, and he allegedly helped Kondja get away from the crime scene.The murder weapon had been stolen from a vehicle that was broken into at Swakopmund on the day before Mooren was shot.Kondja had the gun in his possession when he was arrested on the same morning as the fatal shooting, it is also alleged.In addition to the three charges that he is facing together with Kamati and Shiwalo, Kondja is also charged with counts of possessing a firearm without a licence and negligent handling of a firearm.Kondja is the only one of the three suspects to remain in custody pending the trial.Kamati and Shiwalo have been released on bail, and asked the court on Thursday to relax their bail conditions so that they no longer have to report twice a day to the Police at Swakopmund.Initially they had to report three times a day, but this was changed to twice daily when they asked for a change in the reporting schedule during their first pre-trial appearance in the High Court.The duo should consider themselves lucky to have received bail in the first place, State Advocate Sandra Miller told Judge Mainga.She told him the State would not agree to a further relaxing of the reporting conditions, and the Judge left these unchanged.

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