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Shannon’s murder accused remanded in custody

Shannon’s murder accused remanded in custody

Niël Terblanché

THE 28-year-old Azaan Shanygne Madisia made a swif appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder and obstructing and defeating the course of justice.


The court appearance in Walvis Bay took place while young people for a second consecutive day took to the streets in Windhoek and Swakopmund to protest against violence perpetrated against women and children.


In Windhoek, the protesters demanded the resignation of Doreen Sioka, the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, while the protestors in Swakopmund marched to the central police station where they repeated the demands that investigations into Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) be expedited.


Madisia was detained for questioning by investigators of the Namibian Police on Wednesday after anonymous messages sent to Shannon Wasserfal’s father and the Namibian Police were traced to a phone used by the accused person.



Detectives, questioning Madisia, charged her with the murder of the 22-year-old woman, who is also the mother to her two-year-old godson.


Madisia is also implicated in burying Wasserfal’s body in a shallow grave in the wasteland behind the Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay.


During the court proceedings, the public prosecutor in the matter, Maggy Shiyagaya, informed Magistrate Rivermo Williams that the state opposes bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges against the accused person, that it would not be in the public’s interest or in the interest of justice to grant bail.


Shiyagaya also indicated that the investigations into the matter are still at a very early stage and that the arrest of more suspects is imminent.


The charges and her rights with regards to legal representation were explained to Madisia and she indicated that she will apply for a lawyer from Legal Aid to represent her in the matter.


Magistrate Williams explained to the accused person that it is her right to bring a formal bail application before court at anytime before remanding her in custody of the Namibian Police in Narraville until 7 December 2020.


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