KEETMANSHOOP, 26 NOV – Three men accused for allegedly murdering an elderly couple at a farm near Koës earlier this year, pleaded not guilty to all charges here on Monday.
Julius Arndt, Andries Afrikaner and Johannes Christiaan are accused of murdering Giel and Sarie Botma on their farm on 02 February 2018.
They made their fifth appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed their case to 09 April 2019 for the Prosecutor General to make a decision on the finalisation of the charges and in which court the case will be heard.
The State was represented by Frederick van der Colf.
The three are each charged with two counts of murder, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of ammunition, theft of a motor vehicle and housebreaking with intent to rob.
Arndt faces an additional charge of housebreaking with intent to steal.
Arndt is represented by Linus Samaria, Afrikaner by Lizzetta Meyer and Christiaan by Florian Beukes.
The trio remain in custody at the Namibian Police Force’s holding cells at Keetmanshoop, after they were denied bail during their first court appearance on 05 February.
During court hearing on Monday, Beukes told the court that he wishes to file a formal bail application for his client, which the court agreed to hear on 11 December 2018. – NAMPA