Wasserfall murder accused use affidavit bail application

Crime

24 November 2021 | Crime

Court official; “A timeline needs to be established for the remainder of the procedures after the submissions of statements…”

Walvis Bay •[email protected]



The duo accused of murdering Shannon Wasserfall opted to apply for bail through the use of affidavits.

Azaan Madisia and Steven Mulundu were set to commence with their bail application process today (Tuesday), but decided to rather do so via sworn statements.

According to a court official, this process might take a while to be fully completed, as the State also needs to decide if they will bring in their witnesses for the process. “A timeline needs to be established for the remainder of the procedures after the submission of statements. The accused chose to exercise their right to remain silent.” This way of applying for bail involves the submission of a sworn statement highlighting the reasons why the accused should be granted bail. Through this process, the accused do not have to make their statements in court in front of a magistrate. According to the official, Madisia and Mulundu’s affidavits might only be available next week.

In a previous court appearance, the two accused pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder as well as defeating or obstructing the course of justice. Madisia faces additional charges of fraud (two counts) read with the alternative charge of theft, and pleaded not guilty. During their plea, the accused opted to remain silent and did not give a plea explanation.

Madisia was the number one suspect implicated in the disappearance of Shannon Wasserfall (22), who went missing on 10 April 2020 from Kuisebmond. Months later, on 6 October 2020, Wasserfall’s remains were found in a shallow grave in Walvis Bay after the police received a tip off. Mulundu was arrested in November 2020 after he surrendered himself to the police, stating that he allegedly assisted Madisia in disposing of Wasserfall’s body. The two accused remain in custody since their incarceration.

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