25 Sep 2013 06:40
WINDHOEK, 25 SEP (NAMPA) - Windhoek resident Romeo Schiefer, who stands accused of killing his biological parents in the capital in January 2008, has been found guilty as charged in the High Court here on Wednesday.
The 24-year-old Schiefer was found guilty on the two counts of murdering his biological parents - Frans and Fransiena Schiefer - both aged 50 at the time, at their house in Windhoek's Khomasdal residential area on 18 January 2008.
On the two counts of murder, which was dealt with by the court in accordance with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of (Act Four) 2003, Schiefer was found guilty with a direct intent to kill.
He was in addition found guilty on a lesser charge of theft after an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) bank card belonging to his mother was found in his possession shortly after the brutal double murder.
Schiefer was found guilty as charged in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Naomi Shivute here on Wednesday morning.
Having considered the totality of the evidence presented before court during trial, I am satisfied that the State proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that accused Romeo Schiefer was the person who shot and killed his parents on 18 January 2008. I am also satisfied that the several State witnesses told the truth before court in connection with the incident. I am not satisfied that the accused person told the truth in court. In the result, I found the accused person guilty of murdering his parents, and I found that the two murders were committed with a direct intent to kill, said High Court Judge Shivute as she handed down her judgement.
Schiefer will return to the Windhoek High Court on 02 October this year to hear the submissions of evidence in mitigation and aggravation of sentence by both his Government-sponsored defence lawyer, Advocate Winnie Christiaans and prosecution representative, State Advocate Belinda Wantenaar.
In the matter, Schiefer had pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder and the charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, at the start of his trial in March 2011.
Evidence presented during trial had it that that Romeo Schiefer murdered both his parents by first shooting his father with a firearm, and then stabbing his mother with a knife in Windhoek's Khomasdal residential area.
He was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Serious Crime Unit on 18 January 2008.
The young Schiefer and his parents allegedly had a quarrel on the night of the incident at their home in Khomasdal.
Convicted Schiefer became very angry after his parents refused to give him some money.
According to the evidence before court, he apparently stabbed his mother with a knife, and then shot her twice in the legs.
The father was shot in the head, and it is suspected that he had been asleep at the time.
Schiefer's mother was found lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen with a knife stuck in her throat, while the father was found dead in their bedroom.
Apart from the knife, a CZ pistol was also recovered at the scene of the crime.
It was said that the deceased persons were home alone that evening, while their three children were out for the night.
All three children were taken in for questioning on the night of the killings, but the State only laid murder charges against the youngest child, Romeo Schiefer.
He was apparently the last person to be seen at the house shortly before his parents' murder.
Schiefer remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells until his next court appearance on 02 October this year.