17 Sep 2013 07:00
WINDHOEK, 17 SEP (NAMPA) - A man who allegedly raped and strangled a 58-year-old woman to death at Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region at the beginning of October 2008, will go on trial in the High Court here on Wednesday.
The trial of the 30-year-old Erwin Kock, who is originally from Mariental in the Hardap Region, was set to begin before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute on Tuesday, but was put on hold until Wednesday because State Advocate Belinda Wantenaar who is handling the prosecution's case in the matter, was not present in court due to other official assignments.
The trial was postponed upon an agreement by State Advocate Palmer Khumalo and accused Kock's Government-sponsored defence lawyer Boris Isaacks.
Advocate Khumalo stood in for Wantenaar today.
This trial is set to run until 30 September 2013, Judge Shivute said on 24 January this year.
Accused Kock faces charges of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances in connection with the death of Keetmanshoop resident Rebecca Anna Isaacks.
Kock will also enter his pleas to the charges levelled against him on Wednesday.
Earlier reports contained in local English daily 'The Namibian' had it that Kock allegedly smashed Isaacks' head against a wall following the alleged rape and strangling.
It is further reported that the two (Kock and Isaacks) were seen drinking together at a local shebeen before the alleged rape and murder incident took place.
Former Karas Police Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner Josephat Abel said at the time that the police had also found a number of suspected stolen goods in Kock's possession when he was arrested.
Abel said a witness description of Kock led to his arrest while he was busy hitch-hiking to Lüderitz, shortly after he committed the offence.
Windhoek-based lawyer Isaacks is defending Kock on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
He remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells with no option to post bail until he returns to court.