Mbemukenga remains in custody

SWAKOPMUND

17 November 2017 | Justice

Adolf Kaure

The man who confessed to murdering 78-year-old Manfred Hartmann in Swakopmund, will remain in custody until his next appearance in court next year.

Unaro Mbemukenga (26) made his second appearance at the Swakopmund magistrate’s court on Monday. His case was postponed to 5 February 2018 to allow further police investigations.

Mbemukenga faces a charge of murder for allegedly bludgeoning Hartmann to death at his house in the Vineta residential area of Swakopmund on 18 August.

During his first court appearance in September the state, represented by prosecutor Paulus Shilongo, alleged that Mbemukenga hit Hartmann multiple times although he admitted to hitting him only once.

Mbemukenga entered a preliminary plea of guilty saying: “I tied him up with a rope, then I hit him once with a brick on the head. After I killed him, I went into the house and took a bag of clothes, cellphone and a laptop.

“When I hit him with the brick, I had an intention to kill. I don't know what was going on in my head,” said Mbemukenga.

Magistrate Conchita Olivier was satisfied with the preliminary plea and said it would be used as a formal confession in the upcoming trial.

Mbemukenga was arrested at Outjo on 21 August, three days after the murder. He was wounded during the arrest.

The state objected to the granting of bail due to the seriousness of the crime, that it would not be in the best interest of the public if he were released on bail and because Mbemukenga had fled the Swakopmund district after the crime.

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