09 Jun 2014 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) - A Windhoek resident arrested in June 2012 in connection with the murder of fourth-year Polytechnic of Namibia student Elizabeth Tuwilika Ekandjo, has admitted to the crime.
Gabriel Johannes Petrus, 31, admitted killing his ex-girlfriend when he pleaded guilty to a count of murder at the start of his trial in the Windhoek High Court here on Monday.
He admitted every single element as contained in the count of murder, but denied a second charge of having kidnapped Erica Embashu, who was allegedly sharing a room with the late Ekandjo at the time of the murder incident.
In a guilty plea explanation presented to court in terms of Section 112 of the Criminal Procedures Act, Petrus informed High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka that he tendered this guilty plea to the count of murder voluntarily, and without any influence from any person.
He told the court that he is fully aware of the consequences of his plea, and expects the court to hand down heavy punishment as a result.
Petrus further admitted that the late Ekandjo died of strangulation as indicated in the medical report of her post-mortem examination.
This report was handed in and accepted as evidence before court this morning.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet had it that Ekandjo died in the early morning hours of 06 June 2012 when she was strangled to death with a tie by Petrus, her ex-boyfriend.
The 22-year-old woman was a fourth-year Information Technology student.
The incident took place in Windhoek's Khomasdal area between 02h00 and 04h00 on that date.
The Namibian Police said afterwards that Petrus apparently entered the deceased's room through a window and threatened her roommate Erica Embashu, who was also a student at the Polytechnic of Namibia, to hide in a wardrobe before he went on to strangle the deceased.
According to information provided earlier by Windhoek City Police Senior Superintendent Gerry Shikesho, the two lovers had some differences, and Ekandjo was trying to end the relationship.
Petrus probably did not want to accept that the relationship was over.
He was arrested by members of NamPol's Serious Crime Unit on the same day.
The late Ekandjo had been studying with a Telecom bursary, and in 2010 won the award for being the best student in her department.
She hails from the northern village of Elim in the Omusati Region, not far from Oshakati.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Winston Visser is defending Petrus, acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu is appearing for the prosecution.
Petrus has been kept in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells since his arrest in June 2012 with no option to post bail.
The trial continues on Tuesday.