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Murder accused remanded in custody

Murder accused remanded in custody

Niël Terblanché


A MEMBER of the Namibian Navy, the 26-year-old Petrus Nghidimbwasha, was arrested and charged with the murder of 26-year-old Jennefer Daniels whose naked body was discovered on a beach near Vierkantklip almost a month ago.


Without any reward being offered to trace Jennefer’s murderer, diligent investigative work by detectives of the Namibian Police led to the arrest earlier of the sailor this week while Sexual and Gender-Based Violence activists elected to remain eerily quiet about the incident.


The discovery of Jennefer’s body came about two weeks after the funeral of Shannon Wasserfal.


Activists clashed with authorities and had a running battle with police in the streets in the weeks following the discovery of Shannon’s body in a shallow grave in the wasteland behind the Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay.


Murder accused custody Namibian Navy Petrus Nghidimbwasha charged Jennefer Daniels
Pictured: Petrus Nghidimbwasha. Photo: File


Nghidimbwasha was arrested on 16 December and made his first appearance before a Walvis Bay Magistrate on a charge of murder shortly after the lunch break on Friday afternoon.


A person driving in the area of Vierkantklip near Swakopmund discovered the naked body of the young woman about 100 metres from the beach where the murder accused allegedly dumped her remains.


The circumstances under which the young woman, who worked as a server at a well-known coffee shop in Swakopmund, died is not yet clear.


After the presiding magistrate explained the accused person’s rights with regard to legal representation and the process to be followed if he would like to apply for bail, the matter was postponed to 3 March next year.


Nghidimbwasha was remanded in police custody until he makes his next appearance before court.


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