Alleged Karasburg double murder trial resumes in High Court

10 Jul 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) –The trial of a young farmworker accused of stabbing two people to death during January 2009, resumed in the High Court here on Thursday.
Jakobus Jossop, 26, stands accused before High Court judge Nate Ndauendapo of murdering Isak Shikongo, 32, and 41-year-old Johannes Matroos during a fight at farm Klein Wortel near Karasburg in the //Karas Region on 23 January 2009.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet had it that Shikongo was killed when he was stabbed several times with a knife after he allegedly tried to stop a fight between Jossop and another farmworker, Gregorius Morongwe, on that fateful day.
Jossop thereafter allegedly went to fetch a pair of sheep shears, which he used to stab Matroos to death with.
Apart from these two counts of murder, the accused is facing three charges of attempted murder; as well as counts of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm; defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or an attempt to do so; and malicious damage to property.
He has already pleaded not guilty to all charges against him when his trial kicked off in the High Court during August 2009.
Meanwhile, Jossop allegedly also assaulted three women at the town of Karasburg shortly after he was released on bail from prison during December 2011.
One of the victims, State witness Indira Bloodstaan told the court on Thursday that he allegedly stabbed her on the head with a knife on the evening of 21 December 2011.
Jossop allegedly also threw a beer bottle at her, which struck her on the head.
Bloodstaan said after she was stabbed, she ran to a friend's house to find safety and look for help.
The accused allegedly followed her to her friend's house, where he attacked and assaulted Belinda Guriras and Franscisca Brunzel after these two women tried to calm him down.
The three women managed to run away from him at a later stage, the court heard.
Windhoek-based lawyer Eva Shifotoka is defending accused Jossop, acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
State Advocate Erick Moyo is appearing for the prosecution.
The trial was on Thursday postponed to Monday next week in order to allow the prosecution team to hold consultations with new State witnesses before they give evidence in court.
Jossop was remanded in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells.