Second mental report in student pastor killing not complete

12 May 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAY (NAMPA) – A second mental fitness observation report of the man accused of murdering his student pastor girlfriend in February 2014, is not yet complete.
This came to light when accused Andre 'Fidel Castro' Dausab made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Thursday.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef asked for a postponement of the case to 23 June to allow a local private psychiatrist to complete the report and make the findings before court during the next pre-trial conference of case management review.
Dausab was on 21 January this year sent for a second mental fitness check-up on a request by his State-funded defence lawyer Brownell Uirab after the lawyer told the court his client has no recollection of the incident.
According to documents handed in before court by the defence lawyer, Dausab allegedly suffered from temporary non-pathological insanity or criminal incapacity before and at the time of the crime.
“This will be the basis of the defence of Andre Dausab when his murder trial begins on 05 September 2016,” Uirab said.
At the time, the defence lawyer also told the court that his client will strongly dispute the findings of the first mental fitness examination report that was compiled by State Psychiatrist, Dr Hambeleleni Mthoko, that Dausab was mentally fit before, during and after the commission of the crime.
As a result of this, Dausab was then sent for a second mental fitness examination, which was conducted by a local private and independent psychiatrist for expert evidence before trial begins on 05 September 2016.
Dausab, on 08 September 2014, denied killing his 33-year-old former girlfriend, Motlamme Gotaone, when he entered a preliminary not guilty plea to a charge of murder in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.
Gotaone is originally from Botswana and was a student at the United Lutheran Theological Seminary Paulinum campus.
She was stabbed at least nine times with a sharp object and also sustained a cut to her throat on 22 February 2014 at her flat in Pionierspark residential area.
Dausab remains in police custody with no option to post bail since arrest in February 2014.
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