Alleged killer referred for psychiatric observation

24 Feb 2014 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 FEB (NAMPA) - A man accused of stabbing 32-year-old Motlamme Gotaone to death over the weekend made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday, but was remanded in custody.
Andre Castri Friedel Dausab, 33, appeared before Magistrate Jermaine Muchali on a charge of murder.
Dausab allegedly killed his girlfriend at the United Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Paulinum campus in Windhoek on Saturday afternoon by stabbing her more than eight times with a sharp object, and slitting her throat.
Muchali postponed the case until 24 March for the suspect to be referred for mental observation.
The magistrate added that the suspect will be remanded in custody without bail because of the serious nature of the offence, public interest and a fear that he will abscond.
Dausab was represented by lawyer Gilroy Kasper, who told the court that Dausab is not in a good state of mind.
He thus applied that his client be referred for psychiatric observation, which the court granted.
“The application is for the accused to be referred for psychiatric observation to see a psychiatrist, and get help,” Kasper told the court.
The State was represented by prosecutor Erick Naikaku in a courtroom fully-packed with family members of the deceased and the suspect, as well as enraged members of the public.
The murder accused also became aggressive when he left the court and attacked a local journalist, hitting the journalist for taking photos of him outside the courtroom.
This angered some members of the public who turned on him and tried to assault him before Namibian Police officers at the court intervened.