Shadino Bowe, 23, Llewelyn Beukes and Wildrew Visagie (both 22), made a brief appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura on Tuesday morning.
Public Prosecutor George Mahoney opposed the granting of bail to the three due to the seriousness of the charges they are facing.
As a result, the young men were remanded in police custody with no option of bail until they return to court on 17 April 2013.
Windhoek Magistrate Oupa J.J. Britz then adjourned the case until the aforesaid date in order to enable the police to finalise their investigation into the matter, and to allow the accused persons to apply to the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid for State-sponsored defence lawyers to defend them in future court proceedings and the trial proper.
The three young men are charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and malicious damage to property.
The late IUM student, Eliakim Kandali Inane, was killed in the Otjomuise area at about 09h00 on 04 August last year.
A woman spotted bloodstains in the area, and alerted members of NamPol.
NamPol Khomas Crimes’ Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa said at the time that the police had found a burnt-out taxi a few metres from the burnt body of Inane.
According to relatives and Nghishidimbwa, Inane was helping his brother to drive the taxi over the weekend that he was killed.
Nghishidimbwa said the victim’s body was cut, and the police found blood and razors near him.