South African to stand rape and murder trial in High Court

29 Mar 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 MAR (NAMPA) - A South African national accused of raping and murdering a 56-year-old woman in Windhoek during June 2014 will stand trial in the Windhoek High Court.
The 36-year-old Wilhelm Wimpie Derick Februarie made another appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Celma Ndapewa Amadhila on Tuesday, when he was informed that his case of alleged rape and murder will be transferred to the High Court where he will stand trial.
The case was transferred as per a decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General on Tuesday.
Februarie is scheduled to make his first appearance during a pre-trial of case management review on 12 May 2016.
The state alleges the South African national had raped and murdered Windhoek resident, Dinah Diedericks, at her home in Windhoek West on the evening of 21 June 2014.
Februarie was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) a day after Diedericks was found dead outside her home.
According to the police, Diedericks was killed by way of strangulation.
It is further reported Februarie was the last person seen with Diedericks, while mobile telephone records indicate that Februarie was in the vicinity of Windhoek West from about 20h00 to 23h00 on the evening of 21 June 2014 when Diedericks was killed.
The PG's decision was made public in the presence of State representative, Senior Public Prosecutor Amize Adams and Februarie's privately instructed defence lawyer Jorge Neves.
Februarie is charged with counts of rape and murder.
He remains in police custody since his arrest with no option to post bail until his next court appearance in the High Court on 12 May this year.