Matricide accused not yet in for mental evaluation

18 May 2016 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – A man on trial for hacking his mother to death with an axe at Otjimbingwe settlement in 2013, is yet to be admitted for a second mental fitness observation.
The Prosecutor-General (PG)'s office has not yet secured a bed at Windhoek Central Hospital's psychiatric unit for second mental evaluation of alleged killer, Sigfried Uirab.
This was made public when Uirab, 26, appeared before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg during a pre-trial conference of case management review on Wednesday.
“The accused is not yet admitted to the psychiatric unit for his second mental check-up. The psychiatric observation is still to be done,” said State Advocate Felistas Sikerete-Vendura as she asked the court for a further postponement.
His case was remanded until 15 June 2016 to enable the PG's office to secure a bed at the Windhoek Central Hospital psychiatric unit.
On 06 April 2016, judgement in this case was put on hold after Uirab was referred for a second 30-day mental fitness observation.
Uirab allegedly killed his mother Erika Uiras, 63, by hacking her to death with an axe at Otjimbingwe, situated south-east of Karibib in Erongo Region on 21 November 2013.
Uiras died of head injuries in a Windhoek hospital two days after the attack.
Uirab's second mental fitness observation will be conducted by two independent psychiatrists to establish his mental capability before, at the time and after the commission of the brutal crime.
Initially, he was only assessed by State Psychiatrist, Dr Helen Ndjaba.
State Advocate Sikerete-Vendura wants Uirab to be found guilty as charged of the counts of murder, attempted murder and assault by threat.
However, his government-funded defence lawyer, Titus Ipumbu told the court that his client cannot be held criminally responsible for the death of his mother because he was apparently suffering from substance-induced psychosis as he abused alcohol and dagga at the time and after the alleged murder.
Uirab still maintains he was possessed by “strange unknown spirits” that forced him to commit the crime.
He entered a guilty plea, but the court did not accept this plea after his claims of “strange unknown spirits” that forced him to commit the crime.
Instead, Judge Liebenberg entered a not guilty plea to the count of murder on behalf of Uirab.
He also pleaded not guilty to the other two counts of attempted murder and assault by threat.
He allegedly tried to murder his sister, Ruth Uiras, by hitting her on the head with the same axe and chased another relative, Lizette Uiras, with the same weapon.
Uirab had been treated at the psychiatric clinic of the Windhoek Central Hospital for about two months before the attack on his mother.
He was diagnosed with substance-induced psychosis for allegedly abusing alcohol and drugs.