GOBABIS: Gruesome details pertaining to the killing of prominent Aminuis anti-stock theft unit member, Hiambepo ‘Major’ Kazeurua emerged in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday during the bail hearing of those accused in the crime.
During the second day of the bail hearing on Tuesday, State Prosecutor, Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef brought forward a sworn statement made by one of the accused in the matter, in which he described how Kazeurua was killed.
The accused persons in the stock-theft and murder case are Stockley ‘Mbaruu’ Kauejao, 39, Muvare Kaporo, 24, Mathew Kakururume, 28, and Aphas Kamutjemo, 30.
The court was informed by the State on Friday that both cases have been combined because the State alleges common purpose amongst the suspects pertaining to both crimes.
The State Prosecutor, during Kauejao’s cross-examination, said the State was in possession of possible incriminating evidence against Kauejao obtained through a sworn statement to a Gobabis Magistrate by accused number three – Kakururume.
In the statement, Kakururume confessed to both crimes, pointing out Kauejao as the mastermind behind both offenses. He described in vivid detail how Kauejao allegedly conspired with him and Kaporo for them to steal livestock on Kauejao’s behalf for which they were allegedly going to be paid N.dollars 80 000 each.
When the plan to steal livestock went wrong, and with the deceased Kazeurua hot on the tracks of the stolen livestock, both Kakururume and co-accused Kaporo allegedly turned to Kauejao for advice on the next course of action.
“Mbaruu (Kauejao) told us to kill the man and get rid of the evidence by burying the body in a burrow in the ground. I was holding him (Kazeurua) down by the legs, while Muvare (Kaporo) strangled him by the neck until he died,” Kakururume’s statement read.
After partly burying the body, they torched the car of the diseased in a bid to get rid of the evidence as allegedly instructed by Kauejao, said Kakururume in the statement to the Magistrate.
Kauejao had earlier denied any knowledge of the crimes.
The State, however, stuck to its guns not to allow Kauejao and others to be released on bail, as they could interfere with ongoing police investigations.
State Prosecutor Verhoef charged that due to the fact that most of the possible State witnesses against Kauejao and his co-accused are employees on Kauejao’s farm, they could be compromised with the release of the four on bail.
“These are vulnerable people who work for accused number one. We have no guarantee that even if we place stringent bail conditions on him, Kauejao will not be going to his farm and interfering with investigations,” Verhoef said.
Another contentious issue during Tuesday’s hearing was the account of events given by accused number two – Muvare Kaporo.
Kaporo, under cross-examination from Kamutjemo’s lawyer, Barend Venter, initially stated with certainty that Kamutjemo was not the one who drove a truck which is suspected to have transported the stolen livestock from Farm Brazil.
Kaporo, however, changed his tune when he came under cross-examination by the State, stating that he might not have taken a good look at who was driving the truck on the evening in question.
The rest of Kaporo’s testimony contained a number of contradictory statements, as he failed to repeat his statements during cross-examination.