05 Nov 2016 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) - A man who stands accused of murdering his student pastor girlfriend here in 2014, on Friday informed the High Court here he had no intention to kill the deceased.
Andre Fidel Dausab, 36, is on trial before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute for the death of Motlamme Gotaone, 33, at the United Lutheran Theological Seminary Paulinum Campus in Windhoek on 22 February 2014.
Dausab also said he had no recollection of what happened during the stabbing incident that led to Gotaone's death.
The former information technology technician said this as he testified in his evidence-in-chief during which he also became so emotional that he started crying uncontrollably.
He further told the court that he was unable to assist the deceased shortly after the stabbings because he was confused.
I was scared after I saw that my hands were covered in blood, he said.
Medical evidence from a post-mortem showed that a broken knife was found stuck in the deceaseds back. A broken knife covered in blood stains was also found in the kitchen, not far from Gotaone's body.
Dausab denied knowledge of the knives and could not recall using the knives during the stabbing incident. He could only recall that they wrestled over a knife which the deceased allegedly had in her possession.
Dausab at the start of his trial on 05 September 2016 denied responsibility for the death of Gotaone.
In a statement presented before court by his State-funded defence lawyer Brownell Uirab, he told the court he was suffering from temporary non-pathological insanity or criminal incapacity before and while committing the crime.
He has entered a not guilty plea.
Dausab remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail since his arrest on 22 February 2014.
Gotaone, who was originally from neighbouring Botswana, was stabbed at least nine times with a sharp object and also sustained a cut to her throat.
Dausab locked the flat after the incident and called the police to inform them of the murder.
When the police retrieved the flats key from him and arrived at the scene, Gotaone had already died.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu is appearing for the prosecution.
The trial continues Monday.