Expert evidence in Americans' murder case set for July

18 May 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) - Three medical experts who found that key American murder suspect Marcus Kevin Tomas is fit to stand trial, will each give evidence in respect of their evaluation reports in High Court at the end of July 2016.
Three private medical experts – psychiatrists Annandale Willem, Tuviah Zabon and Reinhardt Sieberhagen - have each observed Tomas after a request by the State and their findings in respect of his status of mental fitness were made public over the past few months in the High Court.
Zabon will start giving his evidence on the matter on 28 July 2016 and Sieberhagen on 29 July 2016, while Willem will testify before court on 29 August 2016.
This was made public before court when Tomas, 29, alongside accomplice and fellow countryman Kevin Donell Townsend, 27, made another appearance before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review on Wednesday.
The dates were decided upon as per agreement reached by Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef and the two accused's State-funded defence lawyers of Mbanga Siyomuinji and James Diedericks in court.
According to findings, Tomas is fit to stand trial and fully capable to comprehend and follow court proceedings without problems.
These findings angered Tomas, who wanted a proper neurological examination to be done by a neurologist instead of the psychiatric observation by the three psychiatrists.
Tomas still insists he is suffering from memory loss due to brain damage sustained during his failed attempt to escape from the Windhoek Correctional Facility in 2014, when he jumped from a tree and landed on the barbed wires of the prison fence, hanging with his head downwards.
Mbanga represents Townsend while Diedericks is appearing for Tomas.
The duo faces six charges of murder; robbery with aggravating circumstances; the unlawful importation of a firearm into Namibia; the illegal possession of a firearm; the illegal possession of ammunition; and attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.
Heckmair was found dead behind the wheel of a Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up in a cul-de-sac in the Klein Windhoek residential area on 07 January 2011.
The two Americans were arrested on 13 January 2011 in Windhoek and remain in police custody.