Murder accused commits suicide

January 13, 2015, 10:17am

Murder accused commits suicide

By Denver Kisting

A YOUNG murder and robbery suspect, Siegfried Doddie Lewin (33), who was facing trial in the High Court in Windhoek, has committed suicide in the capital.
Lewin's lifeless body was found hanging from a tree near MH Greeff Primary School in Khomasdal at about 6h00 on Sunday.
Police spokesperson Inspector Slogan Matheus, said Lewin's body was found by members of the public. He left no suicide note, but according to Matheus, this was not the first suicide attempt Lewin had made.
He had been on trial in the Windhoek High Court on murder and other charges since January 2013.
He and a co-accused, Rayno Olivier, were being prosecuted in connection with the death of farmer Ellis Tjipueja (41), whose partly burnt remains were found in a culvert under a gravel road about 15 kilometres from Rietoog in the Rehoboth district on 27 June 2007.
The State is alleging that they robbed Tjipueja at Rietoog in June 2007 of at least N$20 000, an Isuzu bakkie and a cellphone before killing him.
Lewin and Olivier both pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or attempting to do so, as well as to an alternative charge of violating a dead body, at the start of their trial nearly two years ago.
Lewin was held in police custody since his arrest early in July 2007 until he was released on N$1 000 bail in November 2013.
He was granted bail after he had contracted spinal tuberculosis in custody. The illness landed him in a wheelchair.
Lewin was supposed to return to the Windhoek High Court on 27 January to hear a ruling in which Judge Shivute is due to determine if the prosecution will be allowed to use an alleged confession made by Lewin as evidence in the trial.

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