Outjo resident Somaeb admits to killing girlfriend

07 Mar 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) - An Outjo resident on trial in the High Court, Monday admitted to killing his girlfriend in July 2013.
Sageus Somaeb entered a guilty plea in respect of Charlotte Gaingos’ death, saying he stabbed her with a knife 21 times while they were at the house of a friend in Outjo’s Soweto residential area on 31 July 2013.
The 40-year-old Somaeb admitted to killing his girlfriend at the start of his murder trial that kicked off before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute here Monday afternoon.
Explaining his guilty plea, he told the court he decided to plead guilty of his own free will and was not influenced by anybody to do so.
Somaeb was thus found guilty of murdering Gaingos.
In addition, prosecution representative State Advocate Veiko Alexander accepted his guilty plea and opted not to call any more State witness or witnesses to the stand and give evidence before court in respect of Gaingos' death.
Somaeb however denied a second count of murder in connection with the murder of his late girlfriend's child, the six-year-old boy Remember Gaingob.
The little boy allegedly died when he was left in Somaeb’s care by his mother between 15 and 16 May 2013.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet show that Somaeb faces two charges of murder, two charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.
He has also pleaded not guilty to the other charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice; challenging State to prove otherwise.
Somaeb allegedly killed the boy while he was in his care and was free on bail in connection with his death when he murdered Charlotte Gaingos.
The assault charges relate to an incident when he allegedly hit the little boy all over his body with a piece of wire on 29 May 2009, as well as when he allegedly threw a rock at Gaingos, fracturing one of her ribs.
The charge of defeating the course of justice relates to an incident where he allegedly disposed of pieces of carpet with bloodstains on them and cleaned up the scene where the little boy was killed.
He also told the police that the child died suddenly after complaining of a headache.
Somaeb and the late Gaingos were in a domestic relationship and lived together at the time of the two deaths, the court heard.
Gaingos died on the scene due to hypovolemic shock (shock due to a decrease in blood volume) caused by the stab wounds.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Willem Visser is representing Somaeb, acting on instructions from the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
The trial continues on Tuesday.
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