REHOBOTH, 30 JULY – The police officer arrested on Saturday for allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend at the Mariental State Hospital nurses’ home, was denied bail during his first appearance in the Mariental Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
He appeared before Magistrate Verinao Kamahene on a charge of assault to do grievous bodily harm, read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act and was denied bail because police investigations are at an early stage.
It is alleged that Samuel Jantze, a constable at the Mariental Police Station, assaulted Eva Kisting who is eight months pregnant around 20h00 at the nurses’ home.
Jantze allegedly assaulted Kisting using his fists and belt and damaged property near her room.
He was remanded in custody and is being held at the Mariental police holding cells.
The accused is set to appear in court again on Tuesday to apply for bail.
Public Prosecutor Loide Nghixulifwa represented the State.
The allegations came days after 28-year old Samuel Shali Nghihepa, shot Alina Kakehongo, 24, before shooting himself in another case of gender based violence. Nghihepa died on the spot, while Kakehongo – since identified as his ex-girlfriend – passed on while being transported to a local hospital.
Kakehongo was a manager at Louis Botha Supermarket where the incident happened, and Nghihepa was a sergeant in NamPol’s Special Reserve Force.