WINDHOEK: The case of two American nationals arrested in connection with the alleged killing of Windhoek resident Andre Heckmair in January 2011, was on Wednesday postponed to March this year.
Members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Serious Crime Unit arrested Marcus Kevin Tomas, 25, and 24-year-old Kevan Townsend on 12 January 2011 in connection with Heckmair’s murder.
The alleged murder case was on Wednesday morning postponed to 13 March this year on a request by accused Tomas in order to enable him obtain legal representation of his own choice.
Tomas has been conducting his own defence with no legal representation since his arrest on 12 January 2011, and on Wednesday informed the court that he needs to obtain legal representation due to the complexity and seriousness of the charge he is facing.
The two Americans made another court appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Justine Asino along Lüderitz Street here on Wednesday morning.
Public Prosecutor Samantha Diergaardt represented the State.
During the duo’s first court appearance on 14 January 2011, accused Townsend had denied knowing Heckmair, claiming that he first heard the name after his arrest.
Tomas and Townsend are the only names mentioned by the police so far in connection with the investigation into Heckmair’s murder, which allegedly took place on 12 January 2011 in Windhoek.
According to the police, Heckmair was scheduled to return to Europe for studies after spending a holiday with his family in Namibia, but was found dead behind the wheel of a Land Cruiser pick-up at a cul-de-sac in Klein Windhoek.
Police said he died of a single shot to the head.
Prompt investigations launched by the police led them to a guesthouse in Windhoek West later that day, where they arrested Tomas and Townsend on drug charges based on dagga that was found in their possession.
The police initially arrested the two Americans on a charge of illegal possession of dagga in order to keep them in custody while they were busy investigating the murder case and their links to Heckmair.
NamPol’s crime coordinator for the Khomas Region, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa said at the time that the police had been unable to locate the murder weapon or the mobile phone and wallet containing at least N.dollars 1 000, which were missing from Heckmair’s car.
Townsend told the police that he is a resident of New York, while Tomas said he lives in Los Angeles.
The two accused were again remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison, with no option to post bail until their next court appearance on 13 March 2013.
Local defence lawyer Vetu Uanivi is representing accused Townsend.