22 Apr 2014 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 22 APR (NAMPA) - Groot Aub resident Gregory Kangandjera, who allegedly killed his girlfriend by strangling her to death with his bare hands at the settlement some four years ago, on Tuesday denied any involvement in the alleged murder incident.
Groot Aub is a settlement located some 50 kilometres south of the capital.
The 35-year-old Kangandjera denied committing the alleged murder when he entered a plea of not guilty to the three counts of murder, assault, defeating/obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice at the start of his trial before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo here on Tuesday.
Kangandjera entered his not guilty plea in the presence of his government-funded defence lawyer Joshua Kaumbi.
Shortly after Kangandjera pleaded not guilty to all charges, the trial was ordered to stand down until Wednesday morning as per agreement reached between the accused person's defence lawyer and the prosecuting teams representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo.
According to a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet, Kangandjera apparently unlawfully and intentionally killed Loretta Kruger on 18 November 2010 by strangling her to death with his bare hands a few days after he accused her of cheating on him with a man he saw in her company at a Groot Aub shebeen.
Kangandjera and the victim (Kruger) were apparently involved in a romantic relationship at the time of the alleged murder incident.
It was reported that on 13 November 2010, Kangandjera allegedly found the deceased (Kruger) at Mafia Bar at the settlement while she was in the company of a certain Ipuleni Natangwe. He reportedly assaulted Natangwe on that night and later left the premises of Mafia Bar together with his late girlfriend.
During the period of between 13 and 18 November 2010, Kangandjera allegedly assaulted the deceased person by kicking her with his feet, beating and hitting her with unknown objects.
During the same period, the accused person also allegedly refused to allow the deceased person to obtain medical assistance for the injuries she sustained as a result of the alleged beatings.
On 18 November 2010, Kangandjera allegedly murdered the late Kruger by strangling her to death with his bare hands.
He then allegedly staged a suicide scene and reported to the Police at the settlement that the deceased person had committed suicide by hanging herself with a rope.
Police suspect that he did all this with the intention of defeating or obstructing the course of justice, while he was fully aware that the deceased person died as a result of strangulation.
Kaumbi is defending Kanagandjera while acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
The trial continues on Wednesday.