WINDHOEK – A man who has been in custody for allegedly killing his brother following a dispute over a N$20 debt is expected to tender his preliminary plea in October.
Immanuel Nepela, 28, who made an appearance from custody last week in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court is facing a charge of murder for the death of his older brother Salatiel Nghiyolwa in June. Nghiyolwa died after he was stabbed with a knife in the ribs at Ehambo dhaNehale informal settlement in Hakahana, Windhoek.
During his appearance in court, Nepela was informed that the court is ready for him to tender his preliminary plea to the charge of murder.
The prosecution is alleging that Nepela intentionally killed his brother Nghiyolwa when he fatally stabbed him.
According to witnesses, Nghiyolwa who was a taxi driver took firewood the previous week to Nepela who sold grilled meat to earn an income. The agreement was that Nepela would pay Nghiyolwa N$20 later in the day for the firewood.
But the brothers got into an argument over the money and it is alleged that Nepela then pushed and overpowered Nghiyolwa who dislocated his arm, and strangled him which caused him to pass out for some time.
The following day family members suggested that the brothers should be separated and told Nepela to move out of their shared shack. Furthermore, Nepela should go to the north, which he refused to do.
Witnesses indicated that Nepela was later seen that night crying while walking in the main road. He was allegedly holding a bloodstained knife and saying that he had just killed his brother.
During court proceedings Nepela made his wishes of being released on bail known, stating that he will make a formal bail application.
Magistrate Surita Savage postponed the matter to October 25 for the preliminary plea.