Ruling over remains found in well at Kalkrand Wednesday

28 Nov 2016 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - Judgement in the trial of two men accused of killing two other men on a farm between Rehoboth and Mariental in July 2005, is expected to be made public later this week.
Court documents availed to Nampa on Monday show that High Court Judge Naomi Shivute, who is presiding over the matter, will deliver the ruling on Wednesday morning at about 10h00.
In the matter, 33-year-old Raynoldt ‘Jackie’ Windstaan and 35-year-old Johannes Eixab allegedly killed 42-year-old Klaas Titus and John McNab, 39, at Farm Good Hope in the Schlip area.
The suspects allegedly threw the remains of the two victims into an isolated and unused well on the farm in the Kalkrand district between 16 and 18 July 2005.
Titus and McNab’s skeletal remains were found four years later on 30 July 2009 in the unused well.
State witness, Wilma Majiedt testified before court that on several occasions when Windstaan was under the influence of alcohol after the disappearance of Titus and McNab, he allegedly told her he had killed the two men, and warned her to remain quiet about what he had said.
Both Windstaan and Eixab have pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder and a charge of defeating, obstructing or attempting to defeat the course of justice when their trial began in November 2012.
Windstaan was arrested in August 2009 while Eixab was nabbed in August 2010 after evidence surfaced that he was with Windstaan when the two men disappeared.
The two farmworkers were allegedly assaulted, killed and thrown in an unused well because they had information about stock theft in the farming areas at the time.
The duo remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail.
Joshua Kaumbi and Titus Mbaeva are defending the two accused men on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.