12 May 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAY (NAMPA) A police constable who allegedly stabbed his two sons to death in Gobabis in a fit of jealousy, told the High Court on Thursday he has no recollection of the incident.
Albertus !Ganeb allegedly stabbed his two sons, Tirtus Romeo Shaun Swartz, 7, and four-year-old Gregory Swartz, at the Epako settlement on 25 April 2014.
Tirtus died on the scene while Gregory succumbed to his injuries in the Katutura State Hospital days after the incident.
The 30-year-old !Ganeb, through his State-funded defence lawyer Africa Jantjies, told Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review that he has no recollection of the event.
I got instructions from my client (Albertus !Ganeb) that he has no recollection of the alleged stabbing incident because he was completely intoxicated and, therefore, could not recall much of the alleged stabbing incident, said Jantjies as he asked the court for !Ganeb to be sent for a mental fitness observation.
However, Judge Liebenberg told the defence lawyer to get more instructions from !Ganeb and provide the court with further written information in respect of the grounds why his client needs to undergo psychiatric observation.
As per agreement reached between Jantjies and Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef, !Ganeb's case was postponed to 23 June to allow the defence lawyer to provide the court with the needed information.
!Ganeb allegedly stabbed his sons after he had seen a short text message from another man on the phone of Romily Swartz, the children's mother.
He then allegedly threatened to kill Romily, the two boys and the suspected lover.
Tirtus was stabbed four times in the head and once in the neck, and Gregory once in the neck, once in the head and once in the back.
!Ganeb remains in police custody at the Hosea Kutako International Airport holding cells.