OHANGWENA, 13 JUN – The four suspects in the murder of Titus Kaluvi at the Anglican Church at Odibo over the weekend, made their first appearance in the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
Matias Nakale, 21; Petrus Weyulu Mweendobe, 21; and two boys aged 17 appeared before Magistrate Letta Simon, who postponed their case to 21 June to allow for further police investigations and for them to acquire a government-sponsored defence lawyer.
They remain in police custody after State Prosecutor Sakaria Mupuma asked that bail not be granted at this stage to prevent them from interfering in the investigations.
Mupuma further argued that the accused live near the border and might abscond to Angola if released on bail.
Warrant Officer Kaume Iitumba of the Namibian Police Force’s Public Relations Unit in the region earlier told Nampa the four suspects attacked the 28-year-old Kaluvi during a church meeting.
It is believed that the suspects were angered by Kaluvi’s request for them to remove their caps.
He was declared dead upon arrival at the St Mary Hospital, situated a few metres from the church.