Retired schoolteacher to hear murder verdict on Thursday

23 Apr 2014 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 APR (NAMPA) - Judgement in the trial of a retired schoolteacher who stands accused of murdering his wife in 2009 near Seeheim in the //Karas Region, will be handed down in the High Court here on Thursday.
High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka was supposed to deliver the verdict on 26 March this year, but was unable to do so because he was ill at the time.
In the matter, 62-year-old David de Jay stands accused of murdering his wife Tina de Jay, 56, on 13 February 2009 at Seeheim in the Keetmanshoop district.
The victim was stabbed at least six times with a knife, and De Jay claimed before court that unknown people caused the death of his wife during a robbery.
De Jay had earlier pleaded not guilty to the count of murder and defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or attempting to do so.
The prosecution’s representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo, wants De Jay to be found guilty as charged.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Boris Isaaks is representing the former schoolteacher, acting on the instructions of the Ministry of Justice's Directorate of Legal Aid.