06 Aug 2013 10:10
WINDHOEK, 06 AUG (NAMPA) - A Gobabis resident accused of killing his pregnant wife at that eastern town in the Omaheke Region in February 2008, on Tuesday admitted the murder as charged.
At the beginning of his murder trial which kicked off in the High Court here this morning, Aloyis Ditshabue, 42, admitted killing his wife Marcella Ditshabue at Corridor 18 in the district of Gobabis between 16 and 17 February 2008.
He pleaded guilty to the murder charge in the presence of his State-sponsored defence lawyer, Willem Visser.
In his plea explanation presented before court, Ditshabue admitted and confirmed to Acting High Court Judge Maphios Cheda that he first hit the deceased person on the body, and later strangled her to death.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet had it that Ditshabue and his wife were still in a relationship at the time of the incident.
Between the evening of Saturday, 16 February 2008 and early hours of Sunday, 17 February 2008, a heated argument erupted between Ditshabue and his wife.
In the process, Disthabue started hitting his wife, and then at a later stage strangled her to death.
At the time of her death, the deceased person was about 10-weeks-pregnant, the court heard.
Ditshabue was, thereafter, found guilty upon his own plea of guilty to the charge of murdering his wife.
Meanwhile, Ditshabue allegedly killed another woman, Alida Kambende, shortly after he was released from prison at Gobabis on bail following the death of his wife - in the Epako residential area on 10 July 2011 by stabbing her to death with a knife.
He, however, denied having killed Kambende by entering a plea of not guilty to this murder charge today.
In this case, State Advocate Jack Eixab will now be leading evidence by calling witnesses to come and testify on behalf of the prosecution.
Ditshabue remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells until the finalisation of the trial.
The trial continues on Wednesday.