Namibia - Man accused of family massacre in dramatic court appearance
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by FricNews · Nov 08, 2019 - 9:11
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  • Sam Petrus, who is accused of killing three members of his family at Epatululo village in the Ohangwena region on Tuesday, laying on the dock bench during his appearance in court at Helao Nafidi town
Sam Petrus, who is accused of killing three members of his family at Epatululo village in the Ohangwena region on Tuesday, laying on the dock bench during his appearance in court at Helao Nafidi town
Sam Petrus, who is accused of killing three members of his family at Epatululo village in the Ohangwena region on Tuesday, laying on the dock bench during his appearance in court at Helao Nafidi town
THE magistrate's court at Helao Nafidi has postponed the case of a man charged with murdering three of his family members at a village in the Ohangwena region on Tuesday to next week.

Sam Nauyoma Petrus (26) seemed to be in a confused state and police officers had to carry him into the dock in court for his appearance before magistrate Ilge Rheent on Thursday. The magistrate postponed the case to Monday for Petrus to be taken to a hospital for mental observation.

Petrus lay on the bench in the dock during his brief appearance, not responding to the call for him to stand up.

He is charged with three counts of murder, a charge of attempted murder and eight counts of malicious damage to property for allegedly hacking to death his mother, brother, a one-year-old niece, seven goats and a dog with a panga around 06h00 on Tuesday at the village of Epatululo. The village is near Okatope in the Ohangwena constituency, which is in the western part of the Ohangwena region.

Petrus accused was arrested in the nearby vicinity a few hours after allegedly committing the family massacre. His victims have been identified as his mother, Vilgenia Teofelus (61), brother Simon Petrus (30), and the toddler Ndapandula Hafeni (1).

A fourth victim – another minor, aged two, and also Petrus' niece – survived with severe injuries and has been admitted to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital. A part of her left leg and two fingers on her left hand were amputated as a result of the panga attack on her.

Prosecutor Elphins Maloboka represented the state during Petrus' court appearance.

– Nampa
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