THE 27-year-old Paulus Nghipulenga accused of murdering his girlfriend at Ongwediva made his first brief court appearance in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court today on charges of murder and gender-based violence.
Nghipulenga handed himself over to the police on Sunday after he stabbed 23-year-old Gideon Hamuteta, an education student in her third year at the Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus of the University of Namibia in Ongwediva to death on Sunday evening.
Magistrate Toini Shilongo who presided over the case postponed the matter to the 25th of March, to allow Nghipulenga to apply for legal aid and for further police investigations to be conducted.
State Prosecutor Mpule Siyamunji opposed the granting of bail due to the high public interest it generated and further stating that the matter is serious.
Nghipulenga was remanded in custody.
A person involved with the case said that Hamuteta’s self-confessed murderer sent a text message to his intended victim in which he threatened to kill her. However police still can’t establish if the message containing the death threat was sent while Nghipulenga was still in Windhoek or on his way to the North.
The suspect later handed himself over to the Namibian Police officers that were on duty at the Ongwediva roadblock, after he failed in an attempt to end his own life.