20 Mar 2016 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 MAR (NAMPA)- The trial of an elderly man who is charged with the alleged rape and killing of his 18-year-old stepdaughter in September 2013 at farm Jakkalsfontein in the Mariental district, begins in October this year.
A court document in Nampa's possession shows 52-year-old David Kido made another appearance in the High Court on Thursday during a pre-trial conference of case management review, when he was informed of trial beginning on 03 October.
The trial is set to run until 04 November 2016, said presiding High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg at the hearing.
The date for the start of accused Kido's trial was decided upon as per agreement reached between prosecution representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo and the accused person's government-funded defence lawyer Kadhila Amoomo in court on 17 March 2016.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet reads accused Kido was arrested on 19 September 2013 at the farm in the Hardap Region, following the disappearance of his stepdaughter, Izelda Kock.
It is alleged Kido had raped and killed the young girl and, thereafter, shoved her remains into an aardvark hole (burrow) before reporting her as missing to the police.
However, police investigations into the case later identified Kido as the main suspect in the matter.
Kido's stepdaughter had been sent to him by her mother to help the elderly man (Kido) with household chores, because his wife had recently given birth and could therefore not do the household chores for him.
It is further alleged that Kido reported the young girl as missing to the police in efforts to cover his tracks and also went to see a local witchdoctor in the area.
The witchdoctor then approached and told police officers in Mariental that a certain man had visited him and had told him he had killed a person and was pleading for help to cover up the murder.
The police immediately suspected it might be Kido, who was earlier at the police station to report Kock missing.
Members of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) went to the aforesaid farm to search for the buried girl when suspect Kido voluntarily showed the police officers where the corpse was hidden.
Police officers found the girl buried in an aardvark burrow, about two to three metres deep.
She was naked from the waist down.
According to police, Kido had allegedly told them that he had raped and beaten the girl to death with an iron bar and buried her because he was afraid she would report him to her mother in respect of the alleged rape incident.
Kido remains in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility with no option to post bail until he returns to High Court on 03 October this year for the start of the trial.