Judgement in Schiefer case set for Wednesday

23 Jul 2013 04:30
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - Windhoek resident Romeo Schiefer, who stands accused of killing his parents in the capital in January 2008, will hear his fate on Wednesday when the High Court hands down judgement.
On 28 May this year, High Court Judge Naomi Shivute said shortly after she had listened to closing arguments by both defence lawyer Advocate Winnie Christiaans and Deputy Prosecutor-General Belinda Wantenaar that she will deliver her verdict on 24 July this year.
In her closing arguments, Wantenaar had asked that the 24-year-old Schiefer be found guilty on two counts of murdering his parents, as well as a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances.
In the matter, the accused pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances at the start of his trial in March 2011.
He allegedly murdered his parents by shooting his father with a firearm, and then stabbing and shooting his mother with a knife on 18 January 2008 in Windhoek's Khomasdal residential area.
He was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Serious Crime Unit on 18 January 2008 after he allegedly committed the brutal murders which claimed the lives of his parents, Frans and Fransiena Schiefer, both aged 50 at the time.
The accused and his parents allegedly had a quarrel on the night of the incident at their home in Khomasdal, whereupon the suspected killer flew into a rage after his parents refused to give him money.
He allegedly first stabbed his mother with a knife, and then shot her twice in the legs.
The father was shot in the head, and it is suspected that he had been asleep at the time.
Schiefer's mother was found lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen with a knife stuck in her throat, while the father was found dead in their bedroom.
Apart from the knife, a CZ pistol was also recovered at the scene of the crime.
It was alleged that the deceased persons were home alone that evening, while their three children were out.
All three children were taken in for questioning on the night of the killing, but the State only laid murder charges against the youngest child, Romeo.
He was apparently the last person to be seen at the house shortly before his parents' murder.
Schiefer remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's trial-awaiting holding cells with no option to post bail until Wednesday when he returns to the Windhoek High Court to hear judgement.