De Jay convicted of murder

24 Apr 2014 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) – A retired teacher who stands accused of murdering his wife was convicted of murder read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act 4 of 2003 in the High Court on Thursday.
High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka, who delivered a three-hour judgment, said the 62-year-old David de Jay has also been convicted of defeating or obstructing the course of justice.
De Jay stands accused of murdering his wife Tina de Jay, 56, on 13 February 2009 at Seeheim in the //Karas Region’s 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.
He 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 teacher, acting on the instructions of the Ministry of Justice's Directorate of Legal Aid.
De Jay's case was postponed to 20 May 2014 for submission of evidence in motivation and aggravation of sentence.