Swakopmund rape and murder suspect fires lawyer

14 Nov 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 NOV (NAMPA) - The trial of two Swakopmund residents accused of brutally raping and murdering a woman at that town in 2005, was Monday put on hold until Friday after one of the accused fired his lawyer.
The 36-year-old Kingsley Dausab terminated the service of his government-sponsored defence lawyer, Willem Visser a few minutes after trial was scheduled to continue before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Monday.
Dausab claimed Visser refused to entertain his request to bring a second formal bail application before court.
His first formal bid was dismissed by the same judge in 2015.
Visser on Monday asked Ndauendapo to be allowed to withdraw from the matter.
The case was then postponed to Friday in order to again allow the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid to appoint another legal representative for Dausab.
Dauseb is charged in the matter alongside fellow Swakopmund resident Michael Tsowaseb, 39.
Mese Tjituri is defending Tsowaseb on the instructions of the Legal Aid directorate.
The two suspects are each charged with a count of murder, rape, violating a dead human body and theft.
According to a summary of facts contained in the charge sheet, they allegedly gang-raped and murdered Menesia Owoses, 34, at Swakopmund between 03 and 04 September 2005.
It is alleged that Tsowaseb, Dausab and the victim Owoses met each other at a bar in the town and later went to a house together before visiting a local nightclub.
On their way to the club, the two men allegedly attacked Owoses, overpowered her and took turns to rape her.
Owoses died of strangulation.
Her body was also violated after a broken bottle, stone and other unknown objects were apparently used to cut and stab her neck, face and private parts.
State Advocate Jack Eixab is appearing for the prosecution.
Tsowaseb and Dausab remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail.