Karasburg double-murder trial judgement in October

01 Aug 2014 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) – Karasburg double-murder accused Jakobus Jossop will hear his fate on 30 October this year.
After hearing final submissions in the case on Tuesday, High Court judge Nate Ndauendapo announced that he will pass judgement on that date.
Jossop, 26, stands accused 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.
Apart from these two counts of murder, the accused is facing a further three charges of attempted murder; 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, which were all allegedly committed on the night of the murders in 2009.
State Advocate Erick Moyo asked during submissions that the court should find the accused guilty on all counts, noting that Jossop acted with clear intentions to kill.
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 earlier told the court that he stabbed her on the head with a knife on the evening of 21 December 2011.
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.
He (Jossop) admitted stabbing both the deceased persons, but denied assaulting Guriras.
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.
Moyo argued that Jossop should be found guilty because he acted with clear intentions to obstruct the course of justice after he was released on bail and warned by the court not to interfere with any of the witnesses.
“And he did. He wanted to strike fear in a witness not to testify,” he said.
Windhoek-based lawyer Eva Shifotoka, who is defending accused Jossop on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid, asked the court to take note that the accused did not shy away from the more serious charges, but rather admitted them.