Woman in court for husband's alleged murder

03 Sep 2013 11:40
GOBABIS, 03 AUG (NAMPA) - The town of Gobabis has been hit by another gruesome murder, after a married woman allegedly connived with her alleged lover to kill her husband in order to cash in on supposed inheritance.
The woman, Rachel Ritman, 42, on Tuesday appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court alongside her alleged lover, the 28-year-old Ryno Ricardo du Preez, on one count of murder each amongst other charges relating to the death of Rudolf Ritman.
The 35-year-old Rudolf Ritman’s burnt remains were found in his car a few kilometres outside the Hosea Kutako International Airport along the Windhoek-Gobabis road over a week ago.
According to police records, the couple had been having marital problems which would often lead to temporary separation stints over the past three years.
It is suspected that the two accused in the matter plotted the man’s murder and worked together to that effect.
On 23 August 2013, the wife allegedly fed her husband unidentified tablets through a drink, which caused him to become drowsy and lose concentration.
She allegedly then called in Du Preez, who was lurking nearby, to kill Rudolf.
The police suspects he was stabbed several times all over his body with a sharp object, presumably a knife, as he lay in a state of confusion on his bed.
The two accused then allegedly loaded his body into his car and drove it up to the place where the car was found burned. They apparently set the vehicle on fire in an effort to cover their tracks.
In addition to the murder charge, the duo each face a count of defeating or obstructing the cause of justice and a count of violating a body by setting the body alight.
The two also face a count of malicious damage to property for setting the vehicle alight in an effort to cover their tracks.
Public Prosecutor Manfred Jacobs said investigations into the matter were still in its preliminary stages and setting the accused persons free on bail would jeopardise such investigations.
Jacobs said forensic investigation into the matter was also outstanding, while he argued that murder was a serious offence.
Magistrate Victor Nyazo presided over the matter.
The two accused were denied bail on these conditions and the matter was remanded to 30 October 2013.
In January this year, the murder of prominent community activist Major Hiambepo Kazeurua near Gobabis sent shockwaves through the community.