Kooper to represent herself

Marine Kooper (23), the woman who is accused of having abandoned and placed her newborn in a suitcase in Walvis Bay recently has indicated in court she would represent herself on a charge of attempted murder.
At a previous court appearance she wanted to apply for legal aid. She was expected to make a plea, however, the matter has been remanded to 7 July for a possible plea due to Kooper being not well and in need of medical care according to the investigating officer.
Kooper was arrested in Swakopmund on Wednesday, 24 May, following a tip-off implicating her as the mother of the abandoned newborn baby girl found in a suitcase dumped in the bushes next to the railway line in Narraville. The crying baby was found by a passerby, who contacted the police immediately. The baby is healthy and in good condition.
In other court news: Tom Mushambangu (37) made his first appearance in the Walvis Bay magistrate court on Monday after being arrested and charged for allegedly raping his girlfriends’ 6 year old daughter.
Mushambangu was refused bail and remanded into custody until his next appearance on 6 July. He stands accused of raping the young girl while she had been in his care on Thursday, 25 May.
Police are investigating whether the victim had been raped on more than one occasion by Mushambangu, after the girl told her mother that it had not been the first time.

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