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Murder accused siblings get trial judge

2022-08-23  Roland Routh

Murder accused siblings get trial judge

Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute was assigned to the trial of murder accused siblings, Azaan Madisia and Junior Mulundu.

The duo is accused of murdering the young Shannon Wasserfall.

During a routine pretrial appearance last week, the pair was informed that they will make their first pretrial appearance before Shivute on 24 August to determine trial dates by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg.

They will be represented by Legal Aid lawyers Tanya Klazen and Albert Titus for Madisia and Mulundu, respectively.

Deputy prosecutor general Antonia Verhoef represented the State during the hearing. 

They were initially represented by lawyer Gilroy Kasper, who had been a no-show at court during their last three appearances, resulting in them applying for legal aid.

Madisia remains in custody at the Klein Windhoek police station and Mulundu at the section for trial-awaiting inmates at the Windhoek Correctional facility.

They have been in custody since their arrest in 2020 on charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.

The siblings, who pleaded not guilty in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court last year, are accused of murdering Wasserfall – a close friend of Madisia – in April 2020.

Madisia went on and reported Wasserfall missing and allegedly also took part in some of the searches conducted to find her.

However, a text message sent to Wasserfall’s father that year led the police and investigators to the victim’s shallow grave close to the Dunes Mall.

The message was later traced back to Madisia, who was arrested in November 2020. 

Mulundu handed himself over several months later to the police at the Narraville police station for his part in the crime and was arrested. 

He allegedly assisted his sister to dispose of Wasserfall’s body.

They are accused of murdering Wasserfall before burying her body in a shallow grave at the town.

Wasserfall was missing for almost six months.

2022-08-23  Roland Routh

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