WINDHOEK, 23 SEP(NAMPA) -
A young man accused of killing his girlfriend during a quarrel in October 2013 in the Hardap Region, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to the murder charge against him.
The 23-year-old Isaack Engelbrecht admitted killing Frieda Swartbooi, 33, by slitting her throat with a kitchen knife on 21 October 2013 at Mariental. He admitted the killing when he personally entered a plea of guilty to the charge of murder before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg here on Wednesday morning.
Engelbrecht entered his plea in the presence and as per instruction of his State-funded defence lawyer Titus Mbaeva. "On the day of the incident, I went to the deceased person's place. The deceased person told me that she wanted to terminate or end the relationship with me. A quarrel erupted between me and my girlfriend. I, thereafter, went out of her room and went to the kitchen where I picked up a knife. I came back to her room and stabbed her several times on the throat and neck. After I realised that she was dead, I used the same knife and stabbed myself on the throat and neck in an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide," Engelbrecht told the court.
He also stated that his guilty plea, "is a token of my genuine remorse to my wrong-doing that led to the death of the deceased person".
The prosecution, led by Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef, accepted Engelbrecht's plea of guilty, and the State is no longer calling witnesses to give evidence in the matter.
As a result, Liebenberg found Engelbrecht guilty. The case is being dealt with by the court in terms of the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2003.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Engelbrecht had committed the crime six days after the Mariental Magistrate's Court ordered him to either spend five months in prison or pay a fine of N.dollars 800 for assaulting Swartbooi.
Engelbrecht paid the fine and was released, and killed the deceased person while free on bail. He returns to the Windhoek High Court on 13 November 2015 for the presentation of the evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentencing. Engelbrecht was remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility.