18 Sep 2013 09:30
WINDHOEK, 18 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, has denied knowledge or involvement in the incidents.
30-year-old Erwin Kock, who is originally from Mariental in the Hardap Region, denied knowledge or involvement in the alleged murder and rape incidents at the start of his trial before Windhoek High Court Judge Naomi Shivute here on Wednesday afternoon.
I fully understand the three charges levelled against me by the State, and I plead not guilty to all three charges of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
I did not kill the deceased person, Rebecca Anna Isaacks. I also did not rape or rob the deceased person of her properties as the State now alleges, accused Kock told Judge Shivute.
Kock entered these pleas with the help of his Government-sponsored defence lawyer, Boris Isaaks.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet had it that Kock allegedly smashed Isaacks' head against a wall following the rape and strangling between 02 and 03 October 2008 at a house in Tseiblaagte in Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region.
It is further alleged that the two (Kock and Isaacks) were seen drinking together at a local shebeen before the alleged rape and murder incidents took place.
Shortly afterwards, Kock allegedly broke into the deceased person's house, and stole an unspecified number of clothing and bedding items belonging to the victim.
Former //Karas Police Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner Josephat Abel said a witnesss description of Kock led to his arrest while he was busy hitch-hiking to Lüderitz shortly after he allegedly committed the offence.
Kock remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells with no option to post bail until he returns to court on Thursday for the continuation of his trial.
It is set to run until 30 September 2013.