Seas’ case transferred to high court

SWAKOPMUND

10 November 2017 | Justice

Adolf Kaure

The case of the woman who is accused of murdering her three-year-old daughter in the vicinity of Mile 108 in September last year has been transferred to the Windhoek high court.

The accused, Zenobia Seas (32), last appeared in the Swakopmund magistrate’s court on 25 October. Her case was postponed to 23 November.

Seas is accused of murdering the young Awa Owoses on 26 September last year. She allegedly suffocated Owoses and then tried to burn the baby and herself in her car before being tracked down by members of the Namibian police.

The accused’s formal application for bail was denied by magistrate Surita Savage in April. Seas applied for bail on the grounds that she would seek psychological help to determine her state of mind at the time of the incident and that she had a constitutional right to be free to do so.

The state however objected to bail, arguing that it would not be in the interest of the public and the administration of justice to do so. The state further argued that it had a strong case in a serious offence that could attract a heavy sentence and that Seas could abscond or commit suicide if released. The state also fears that the accused may interfere with state witnesses.

The accused was further warned to appear at the Namibian high court in Windhoek, as failure to do so would lead to a warrant of arrest being issued against her.

Zenobia Seas was represented by her defense lawyer, Mpokiseng Dube, while the state was represented by prosecutor Dalon Quickfall.

Seas also has another daughter, who is five years old. She will remain in custody at the Walvis Bay correctional facility police cells until her trial resumes in the high court.

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