… Möller’s widow speaks on ‘dragging’ court case
By Donna Collins
CAROL-ANN Sowden Möller, the widow of well-known pleasure boat skipper, Hans-Jorg Möller, who was brutally murdered just shy of a year ago during a house robbery in Walvis Bay, says that she cannot forgive his alleged killers, and what they did to her family.
“I am the key witness in this case, and I will never forget their faces as long as I live,” she said during an interview with Confidente this week.
“I remember every detail like it was yesterday,” Möller said, while choking back tears.
“I was beaten badly and my husband was just trying to protect his family when he was shot. I can never forgive these people for what they did to us, and it is now up to the law to make sure these men remain behind bars, and are punished for their wicked crime.”
Möller said she is praying that justice will be served.
Her husband was shot in cold blood in their Walvis Bay home last June.
The mother of two has put on a brave face since the traumatic incident, when intruders broke into their house and shattered her family life.
It was on this fateful night that she lost her husband, and escaped death after she was brutally beaten, tied up and slashed with a knife.
Just like before, she bravely faced the five accused, who appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on 15 May.
And just like before, the community rallied behind her on the court steps, demanding that the suspects not be granted bail.
Due to the ongoing public pressure, and online petitions leading up to each court appearance, bail has not been granted, but Sowden still feels the case is being dragged out.
She counts the days until she and her two daughters can live a “normal life” again, after the court case has been finalised.
The five accused are Gotlieb Panduleni, David Tashiya, David Shekundja, Elly Ndapuka Hinaivali and Malakia Shiweda, and are being detained at the Windhoek Central Prison.
Due to a lack of legal representation, amongst other factors, the five men did not enter a plea on the charges they face – murder, aggravated armed robbery, housebreaking, attempted murder, assault and possession of an illegal firearm.
The case has been postponed to 15 June, when the accused are expected to enter a plea, in order for the matter to proceed.
During a court appearance in February, Möller announced that she is willing to pay a reward of N$150 000 for any information leading to the arrest of three more suspects in the case.
She said she is convinced the reward will go a long way in helping the police to find the remaining suspects.
She also praised the police for their swift detective work, when they arrested the five accused, who are currently facing charges.
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