Swakopmund rape/murder trial begins in October next year

06 Aug 2013 09:50
WINDHOEK, 06 AUG (NAMPA) – The trial of two Swakopmund residents accused of brutally raping and murdering a woman at that holiday town during 2005, begins in the Windhoek High Court in October next year.
Michael Tsowaseb, 39, and 36-year-old Kingsley Dausab made another appearance in the High Court on Tuesday, where they were informed that their trial will begin on 01 October 2014.
This trial, as per agreement reached between Deputy Prosecutor-General Karin Ann-Esterhuizen and State-appointed defence lawyers Boris Isaacks and Louis Carstens, is set to run until 23 October 2014.
The duo appeared before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo.
Dausab is free on bail of N.dollars 2 000, and his bail was again extended until that date when he and co-accused Tsowaseb, who is in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison, return to the Windhoek High Court for the start of their trial.
Tsowaseb and Dausab are each charged with a count of murder, rape, violating a dead human body and theft.
According to a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet, the accused allegedly gang-raped and murdered Menesia Owoses, 34, at Swakopmund between 03 and 04 September 2005.
It is alleged that Tsowaseb, Dausab and victim Owoses met each other at a bar at the town, and later went to a house together, and thereafter to a nightclub.
On their way to the club, the two men allegedly attacked Owoses, overpowered her and took turns to rape her.
Owoses was murdered by strangulation.
Her body was also violated when a broken bottle, stone and other unknown objects were used to cut and stab her neck, face and private parts.
Isaacks and Carstens are defending the two accused men on instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.