De Jay case removed from High Court roll

21 May 2014 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - The case of a retired teacher found guilty last month of murdering his wife in 2009 near Seeheim in the //Karas Region, has been removed from the High Court's roll.
The murder case of the 63-year-old David De Jay was on Wednesday morning removed from the roll of the Windhoek High Court after State representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo informed presiding High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka that the retired teacher has died.
De Jay died last Thursday at a local hospital, a few days after he was taken there from his cell at the Windhoek Central Prison.
He committed suicide by using an overdose of pills, according to a post-mortem report presented before court on Wednesday morning.
“The accused - David De Jay - has died. He has committed suicide. Therefore, this matter is now struck-off from the roll of the High Court,” said Judge Siboleka as he removed the case from the High Court's records.
On 24 April this year, deceased De Jay was found guilty of murdering his wife Tina de Jay, 56, on 13 February 2009 at Seeheim in the Keetmanshoop district.
The murder count was dealt with in terms of the provisions of the Combating Domestic Violence Act Four of 2003, which warrants heavy punishment in case of conviction.
He was also found guilty on a second count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or attempting to do so.
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 an alleged robbery.
De Jay had earlier pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder and defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or attempting to do so.
Windhoek-based defence Milton Engelbrecht represented the deceased former teacher, acting on the instructions of the Ministry of Justice's Directorate of Legal Aid.