No bail for alleged wife murderer

Case postponed

08 November 2021 | Crime

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Conrad “Coenie” Strydom (45) made his first court appearance on a charge of murder read with the provisions of the domestic violence act in the Walvis Bay magistrate’s court on Monday.
Magistrate Vicky Nicolaides postponed the matter to 15 December for further investigations.

It is alleged that the accused shot his wife, Engela Strydom (49), in the head with a 9mm firearm last Thursday night between 20:00 and 21:00 at their home in Vaughan Webster Street, Meersig.
After the shooting, the victim was attended to by paramedics and taken to hospital under the guise that she had committed suicide. However, preliminary investigations by the police indicated that the deceased was shot in the head from behind with a 9mm firearm. The weapon was found hidden under a pillow, while four spent cartridges were also discovered on the crime scene.
This was confirmed by inspector Ileni Shapumba, the unit commander for community affairs in the Erongo region.

During the court proceedings, Strydom was represented by Lana Fouche. State prosecutor Maggy Shiyagaya indicated that the state opposes bail. “We request that the matter be postponed to 15 December for further investigations. We object to bail being granted due to the seriousness of the offence. It won’t be in the public’s interest or the administration of justice. Furthermore, investigations are still at a very early stage.” Fouche agreed with the date, stating that “hopefully by then, all the relevant statements have been taken”.

Mrs Strydom’s visibly distraught family were in attendance at the court proceedings and indicated that they do not want any pictures or video footage to be taken of them. Mr Strydom’s parents were also seen briefly talking to their son before the court proceedings began. Mrs Strydom, a mother of two, owned Sefco Property Managers in Walvis Bay and has been a real estate agent since 1994. Allegedly, Mr Strydom was unemployed.

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