WINDHOEK: A trial date in the case of Windhoek resident Gerhard Komeya, who allegedly shot and killed his prison-warden girlfriend last year, will be made public next month.
The 42-year-old Komeya stands accused of shooting Kertu Maria Sheehama at the Hakahana settlement in the capital in September 2011.
He made his first court appearance before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute on Thursday morning during a pre-trial conference, and his murder case was postponed to 15 November this year for the allocation of a trial date.
He was also ordered to remain in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison’s holding cells until his next court appearance, with no option to post bail.
He was refused bail on 18 May this year when he appeared before Windhoek Magistrate Kauli Nghishitende. This was after the State (prosecution) opposed bail on the grounds that it was not in the interest of the administration of justice to release the alleged killer.
The accused, through his private defence lawyer Thomas Nekongo of local law firm Sisa Namandje and Partners, brought the failed formal bail application before court in terms of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures Act.
A prosecution team, led by Public Prosecutor George Mahoney, strongly objected to the granting of bail, citing the seriousness of the offence Komeya committed.
During Komeya’s previous appearances in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura late last year and earlier this year, a group of women and children marched to the court where they handed in a petition demanding that he be denied bail.
The demonstrating group members had carried placards condemning the alleged killer.
In the petition, the demonstrating women said the late Sheehama was killed in a “horrible, wild, barbaric and cold-blooded manner” in front of her minor children.
A small number of women were also present in the High Court on Thursday when Komeya made his first court appearance before Judge Shivute.
He allegedly shot and killed his late girlfriend, also 42 at the time of her death, with a hunting rifle in September 2011.
The incident allegedly took place in the presence of their two young children.
The murder incident allegedly came after the late Sheehama was scheduled to be transferred from Windhoek to Swakopmund after being promoted.
Jealousy had allegedly played a part in the tragedy.
Family members and relatives have claimed earlier that the relationship between Komeya and his deceased girlfriend was characterised by violence and abuse over the years.
He was arrested at their house in the Hakahana area in Katutura shortly after the incident, and has been in police custody since his arrest.