Ballistics report delays Kalahari desert murder case
The investigation into a case in which a 32-year-old civilian was allegedly shot and killed by a Namibian Defense Forces (NDF) officer is not yet complete, the Katutura Magistrates’ Court informed yesterday. According to prosecutor Tuauundamuje Latoya Mukumbo, the state has yet to receive the ballistic report.
In addition, the photo plan of the reconstruction of the scene has not yet been obtained.
“I spoke to the investigator. He informed me that the ballistics report will take up to three weeks to be compiled, as there is only one person at NCSI who deals with ballistics, ”Mukumbo explained.
Murder accused Mulele Darrel Nyambe has been informed by Magistrate Namwenyo Shikalepo that his case will be postponed until September 22 to allow the police to conclude their investigation into the case.
Nyambe, who is currently on N $ 2,000 bail, faces a murder charge for the death of Benisius Kalola. Kalola died after being shot on September 5, 2019.
Police reports at the time indicate that Nyambe, who was a soldier in Operation Kalahari Desert, shot Kalola with an AK-47 in the back at Smarties location. This happened after a relentless pursuit of Kalola by armed members of the NDF.
Kalola died of his injuries at Katutura State Hospital hours after the shooting. Kalola was reportedly shot dead while members of the operation searched for narcotics, where a significant amount of drugs were recovered and three suspects were arrested.
Meanwhile, Gerson Nakale, a second soldier arrested for shooting and killing a civilian during Operation Kalahari Desert, is scheduled to appear in court again on August 6 after his case was postponed for further police investigations. thorough.
Like Nyambe, Nakale is also on bail and faces a murder charge for the death of Zimbabwean taxi driver Talent Fambaune in June 2019. Fambaune was shot dead while allegedly trying to escape a police checkpoint in Windhoek.