A LARGE crowd of family members and friends of Selma Uupindi on Monday gathered at the Walvis Bay Magistrates Court to attend the first appearance of Herman Abed who attempted to kill the victim by shooting her with his service pistol in Kuisebmond last Thursday.
The 38-year-old Abed, who is a constable in the Namibian Police, informed the court that he will solicit the services of a private lawyer after he was formally informed about the charges against him. Abed was charged with attempted murder and assault by threat. Both charges will be read with the Domestic Violence Act when his trial starts.
State prosecutor Maggy Shiyagaya informed the court that the State opposes bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges against the accused person. Other grounds are the safety of the complainant as well the safety of the accused person because of the intense public interest in the matter.
Shiyagaya informed the Magistrate that the accused person might also interfere with the investigation and possible witnesses in the matter.
Before Abed was remanded in custody, Magistrate Rivermo Williams postponed the matter to the 4th of November this year to allow him time to solicit the services of a private lawyer and for the police to investigate the matter further.
After the court was adjourned a brother of Uupindi said she is still in hospital in Windhoek. He said his sister was critical at first but that she is currently out of danger.