Woman implicated in husband's death in court Thursday

20 Apr 2016 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 APR (NAMPA) – A Gobabis woman who allegedly connived with her lover to murder her husband in August 2013, will make another appearance in the High Court on Thursday.
Rachel Elizabeth Rittmann, 45, on 18 February 2016 appeared before Judge Christie Liebenberg in a pre-trial of case management review, alongside her alleged lover and accomplice, Ryno Ricardo du Preez, 32.
Their case was remanded until 21 April this year for the defence team to file a response to State's pre-trial memorandum.
They face one count of murder each, amongst other charges in respect of the death of Rudolf Rittmann, 35.
The deceased's burnt remains were found in his car outside Hosea Kutako International Airport, along the Windhoek-Gobabis road a few days after incident.
According to indictment, the Rittmann couple had marital problems which would often lead to temporary separation stints during 2012 and 2013.
It is suspected the two accused plotted the man’s murder and worked together to that effect.
The motive of the murder was apparently to cash in on inheritance.
It is alleged that on 23 August 2013, Rachel fed her husband unidentified tablets through a drink, which caused her husband to become drowsy and lose concentration.
She then called in Du Preez, who was waiting nearby, to kill Rudolf.
The police suspect Rudolf was stabbed 20 times 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 loaded his body into his car and drove it up to the Kappsfarm area, east of Windhoek, a few kilometres from the police check point 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.
They also face a count of malicious damage to property.
Rittmann is being held at the Klein Windhoek Police Station, while Du Preez is at Windhoek Central Correctional Facility's holding cells.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef is appearing for State.