Walvis Bay – Former mediator John Walters says the justice system needs to be challenged, especially the issue of bail, to better understand if it is equally applied to all those seeking bail in court Namibians.
Walters’ response comes after Econolux bus driver Jeremia Heita, who fatally shot a suspected repeat offender early Saturday in Walvis Bay, was denied bail.
Heita, 55, who turned himself in to police shortly after the incident at his home, was taken into custody until June 7.
He has the right to formally apply for bail in the meantime.
Over the weekend, police reported that Heita arrived at his home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, after which he parked his bus outside and entered the house.
He found three men on his bus. Two then fled, but the deceased remained and allegedly attacked him with an unknown object.
As a result, Heita shot the man. In her first murder appearance on Monday, prosecutor Maggy Shiyagaya objected to bail due to the seriousness of the case.
“We do not believe the defendant poses a flight risk as he has surrendered. Further, we oppose bail at this stage due to the seriousness of the case,” he said. she stated.
Heita was informed that he could either hire a private lawyer or apply for legal aid. Ironically, farmer Johan Meyer (55) from Mariental was granted N$3,000 bail last week after he was charged with intentional homicide for deliberately driving a nine-year-old girl and killing her on his farm.
She was part of a group that harvested beans from her farm without her consent.
In a separate incident, a 31-year-old man, charged with intentional homicide, was denied bail for allegedly causing the death of rugby legend and cycling enthusiast Gerhard Mans Snr.
Le Mans was hit by a white BMW sedan while driving on the Western Bypass.
Walters, however, said Namibians have a right to ask burning questions when it comes to the justice system.
“We should ask ourselves why almost similar facts presented in court have different outcomes, where one gets bail and the other doesn’t. Then we have to question the administration of justice. We have to question the administration of justice. question whether it was applied in the same way, or whether preferential treatment was on the agenda,” Walters said yesterday.
According to him, the issue of bail needs further discussion both inside and outside the justice system.
Many Namibians yesterday also questioned the justice system on social media, with hundreds rallying behind Heita, who they say defended only himself and his employer’s property.
In a similar case, Grootfontein pensioner Marieta Wilhelm was charged with murder after she also killed a mugger on her farm.
She spent several weeks in police custody before finally being released on bail on April 5.