Wasserfall murder accused plead not guilty
Azaan Madisia and her brother Steven Mulundu who are accused of murdering Shannon Wasserfall, both pleaded not guilty to the charge in the Walvis Bay magistrate’s court on Wednesday.
Magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis remanded the case to 3 March 2022 for the prosecutor general’s decision. However, the accused will start with their bail application on 23 November 2021. Both Madisia and Mulundu were charged with murder as well as defeating or obstructing the course of justice.
Madisia also faces additional charges of fraud (two counts) read with the alternative charge of theft. These charges involve an ACER laptop and an iPhone XR which Madisia allegedly reported stolen and had claimed reimbursement for, from her insurance. She received N$6500 for the laptop and N$14 290 for the iPhone.
State prosecutor Maggy Shiyagaya said that the murder charge stems from the killing of Shannon Wasserfall between 10 and 11 April 2020 in Kuisebmond. “The charge related to defeating or obstructing the course of justice, is that the accused persons, between 10 April and 6 October, unlawfully removed the deceased’s body from the main accused’s residence to an area near Dunes Mall. They also threw away or destroyed the deceased’s cellphone, SIM card, a blue jacket and or scarf, and then reported to the local police both orally and through a written statement, that the deceased had left the residence of the main accused and never returned.”
Albert Titus, Madisia’s lawyer, confirmed that the plea of not guilty on all counts is in accordance with his instructions. “At this stage the accused will not make a statement and will exercise her right to remain silent on all counts. She will not disclose any witnesses but does reserve her right to call witnesses should the prosecutor general instruct that the accused be arraigned for trail.”
Tanya Klazen, representing Mulundu, also stated that the plea of not guilty is in accordance with her instructions. “The accused opts to remain silent at this stage and will not give a plea explanation. He equally reserves his right to call witnesses should that be necessary.”
The duo thus remains in custody.
Madisia was the number one suspect implicated in the disappearance of Shannon Wasserfall (22) whose remains were found on 6 October 2020 in a shallow grave in Walvis Bay after the police received a tip off. Wasserfall went missing from Kuisebmond on 10 April 2020. Mulundu was arrested in November 2020 after he surrendered himself to the police. He allegedly stated that he assisted Madisia in disposing of Wasserfall’s body.