The High Court has ordered siblings Azaan Madisia and Junior Mulundu, who are accused of murdering Shannon Wasserfall, to be detained in Windhoek and postponed their case to 18 August for filing.
Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula has postponed the case to allow time for the accused’s lawyers to compile a response relating to the pre-trial memorandum filed by the state.
The murder case against the two was transferred to the High Court last month and commenced this morning.
Madisia will be detained at the Klein Windhoek holding cells, while Mulundu will be at the Windhoek Correctional Facility in the trial waiting section.
Madisia, who is 28 years old had faced charges of murder and obstruction of justice in connection with April 2020 murder of Wasserfall before the Walvis Bay Magistrate Court.
She was denied bail on her first appearance in the magistrate court and has since then been in police custody.
Her arrest and arraignment before the courts was the first major breakthrough in the case since the disappearance of Wasserfall after six months of her disappearance.
Her arrest followed just two days after an anonymous SMS was sent with information about a site where decomposing human remains, which are believed to be that of Shannon, were found.
Meanwhile, in terms Mulundu (22) who is Madisia’s brother faces charges of murder and obstruction of justice.
He has been in police custody since December 2020 as according to police reports he confessed to having assisted the 1st suspect Madisia to dispose of the body of Shannon.
Furthermore, they are the only suspects in the case, no additional arrests were done so far as the investigation continues.
Wasserfall was believed to have travelled to Walvis Bay to visit her mother in December 2019 and remained there.
Then, she disappeared from her home in the Kuisebmond area of the coastal town after dropping off her two-year-old son at a friend’s house before she was supposed to meet ‘someone’ on 10 April 2020. This was the last time she was seen and heard.
Shannon’s remains were discovered in a shallow grave in the sand dunes near Narraville by the Namibian Police on 6 October 2020, six months after her disappearance.