WINDHOEK: A Windhoek resident who allegedly killed her partner over the weekend by stabbing him to death with a sharp object was on Monday refused bail.
The 29-year-old Elizabeth Nowases made her first appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Ivan Gawanab in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court, where she was ordered to remain in police custody with no option to post bail because police investigations into the matter were still at an initial stage.
Her alleged murder case was today remanded until 07 March next year for further police investigations and for her to bring a formal bail application before court if she wants to be released on bail.
Nowases has applied to the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate of Legal Aid for a State-sponsored lawyer to defend her in the matter.
Public Prosecutor George Mahoney handled the prosecution today.
Nowases, a mother of five, was arrested on Friday evening after stabbing her partner, Moses Nariseb, to death in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area.
When Nampa arrived at the scene at around 23h00, City of Windhoek paramedics were trying to resuscitate the man who was bleeding internally from a stab wound on his back, but he died on the scene.
Nowases told City Police officers at the scene that her partner got violent while allegedly under the influence of alcohol, and initially tried to stab her.
She said she acted in self-defence when she stabbed him with a sharp object.
Neighbours told Nampa that the couple had been quarrelling since early on Friday afternoon, adding that City Police officers were there earlier in the day to calm down the deceased person.
City Police Senior Superintendent, Gerry Shikesho told Nampa at the scene that he attended to that domestic spat earlier in the day, and only left the house after Nariseb had calmed down.
Shikesho then called on all residents to report any domestic violence to the City Police, and to not wait until it is too late.
“The community can play a role in preventing domestic violence by reporting any such acts to the City Police’s toll-free number 061 302 302 or sending an SMS to 4444,” Shikesho said.