Bottle-neck murder accused pleads guilty

23 September 2020 | Crime

Swakopmund · [email protected]

The 26-year-old Showen van Wyk who is accused of killing a man he stabbed with a bottle neck pleaded guilty on a charge of murder.

Van Wyk made his first appearance in the Swakopmund magistrate’s court on Tuesday and admitted to commiting the crime during a cross examination by state prosecutor, Beata Mwahi.

“I plead guilty because it is me who stabbed him,’ he said.

When asked why he stabbed the deseased, van Wyk told the court that it was because they were involved in a fight.

“He wanted to grab a bottle and I tried pulling him back. When he did not want to let me go I grabbed the bottle,” said Van Wyk.
When asked whether, he acted out of retaliation, the accused answered that the deseased assualted him first.

“He started beating me with fists. My teeth got broken,” said van Wyk.

The plead was recorded as a formal admission according to Act 51 of 1977.

A crime update released by deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu indicates that Van Wyk allegedly stabbed the deseased Patrick Bekker (28) with a broken bottle neck last Saturday in front of Komilunga Bar in Mondesa, Swakopmund.

Iikuyu said the deceased was allegedly involved an altercation with the suspect, who stabbed him on the left side of his neck.

“The victim died on the spot and the suspect was arrested at the scene.”

Magistrate, Nelao Paula Brown denied the suspect bail after it was objected by the state due to the seriousness of the offence.

“It would not be in the public interest if the accused is released on bail at this stage,” said Mwahi.

The accused has been remanded in custody at the Swakopmund police cells with the case been postponed until 25 November for further investigations.

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