Businessman accused of shooting man with bow and arrow applies for bail

Businessman accused of shooting man with bow and arrow applies for bail

A businessman arrested last month for allegedly shooting and wounding another man with a bow and arrow at the Havana informal settlement, wants to be released on bail.
Amupanda Awala, aged 33, through his privately-instructed defence lawyer, Mbanga Siyomuinji, brought a formal bail application in an effort to be set free while awaiting the finalisation of his case.
Awala told the court that he wants to be granted bail because his businesses are suffering losses as a result of his continued incarceration.
The accused also pleaded to be granted bail in order to help his six school going minor children, who are now in the care of their respective mothers and relatives.
Meanwhile, Public Prosecutor Pieter Smit objected to the granting of bail on the grounds that there might be risk of absconding.
Smit said there is also the possibility of committing another criminal offence and attempting to interfere with the police investigations by ways of indirectly or directly contacting State witnesses.
The hearing of the bail application will again proceed on 1 February.
He remains in custody at the Wanaheda Police Station's trial-awaiting section.