29 Nov 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) - A man charged with the rape and murder of his 18-year-old stepdaughter in September 2013 in the Mariental District was found guilty as charged in the High Court here on Tuesday.
David Kido, 54, was arrested on 19 September 2013 at Farm Jakkalsfontein in the Hardap Region, following the death of his stepdaughter, Izelda Kock.
Kido was found guilty on the counts of rape, murder and defeating or obstructing the course of administration of justice after he had shoved the remains of the girl into an aardvark burrow before reporting her as missing to the police.
He was further found guilty on the last two counts of assault with an intention to cause grievous bodily harm for beating the deceased person and her young friend a few days before he committed the rape and murder.
The Mariental resident was found guilty in a judgement handed down by Acting High Court Judge Boas Usiku here on Tuesday morning.
The prosecution has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt that you (David Kido) decided to end the life of your stepdaughter after the deceased had threatened to report the raping incident to her mother, Usiku said in his judgement.
The judge said prima facie evidence presented by State witnesses indicate that the accused consulted a traditional healer in the area for some kind of protection and in efforts to cover his tracks and evade prosecution.
Your testimony before court was just lies and afterthoughts.
The late Kock was sent to Kido by her mother to help him with household chores, because the mother (Kido's wife) had given birth just before that and could therefore not do such chores.
Kido reported the girl as missing to the police in efforts to cover his tracks and went to see a local witchdoctor in the area seeking advice and protection.
The witchdoctor, however, informed police officers in Mariental that a certain man had visited him and had told him he had killed a person and was pleading for help to cover up the murder.
The police immediately suspected Kido, and went to the farm to search for the girl. Kido then showed them where the corpse was hidden.
Police found the body buried in an aardvark burrow of about two to three metres deep.
Kock was found naked from the waist down.
Kido told the police upon arrest that he had raped and beaten the girl to death with an iron bar and buried her because he was afraid she would tell her mother.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility and returns to court on Thursday for the submission of evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentence.
State Advocate Cliff Litubezi is appearing for the prosecution.
Titus Mbaeva is defending Kido on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.