30 Jun 2016 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUN (NAMPA) - Groot Aub resident Gregory Kangandjera, who is charged with killing his girlfriend at that settlement during November 2010, will hear his fate on Friday when High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo hands down judgement.
Groot Aub is a settlement located some 40 kilometres south of Windhoek in the Khomas Region.
Evidence presented by the State during trial have it that Kangandjera apparently intentionally killed Loretta Kruger on 18 November 2010 by strangling her to death with his bare hands a few days after he accused her of cheating on him with a man he saw in her company at a Groot Aub shebeen.
Kangandjera and the victim were apparently involved in a romantic relationship at the time of the alleged murder.
It was reported that on 13 November 2010, Kangandjera allegedly found Kruger at Mafia Bar in the company of a certain Ipuleni Natangwe.
He reportedly assaulted Natangwe on that night and later left the premises of that shebeen with Kruger.
During the period 13 to 18 November 2010, Kangandjera allegedly assaulted Kruger by kicking her, beating and hitting her with unknown objects.
The accused person also allegedly refused to allow her to obtain medical assistance for the injuries she sustained as a result of the alleged beatings, before strangling her on 18 November 2010.
He then allegedly staged a suicide and reported to the Police at the settlement that Kruger had committed suicide by hanging herself with a rope.
Police suspect that he did all this with the intention of defeating or obstructing the course of justice while he was fully aware that Kruger died as a result of strangulation.
Kangandjera denied any wrongdoing or involvement in the alleged murder incident when he entered a plea of not guilty to the charges against him on 22 April 2014.
He also denied committing assault, defeating/obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice at the start of his trial.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Joshua Kaumbi is defending the accused on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
State Advocate Palmer Khumalo is representing the prosecution.