Bahnhoff man guilty of girlfriend's bloody death

05 Dec 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - A farmworker was on Monday found guilty for the death of his girlfriend at the Bahnhoff train station in the Hardap Region in 2012.
The 49-year-old Paulus Ruben was found guilty on the charge of murder with direct intention to kill Magritha 'Bokkie' Beukes on the night of 03 January 2012.
High Court Judge, Nate Ndauendapo delivered the judgement.
Medical evidence shows that Beukes had died of subarachnoid haemorrhage – an uncommon type of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain due to blunt force trauma.
She was discovered dead in her bed the following morning.
Ruben was arrested nine days later while working at a farm near Rehoboth, where he was employed as a driver.
Ndauendapo said he is satisfied that the State has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt that Ruben was seen at the deceased's house at Bahnhoff train station on the day of the incident and that the accused admitted to police investigating officers that he and Beukes had an argument that fateful day.
“Furthermore, you at your own free will had shown the police officers a tree and wires saying you wanted to commit suicide,” said the judge.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu said during trial that Prosecution has produced comprehensive evidence that Ruben was the person who assaulted the deceased that resulted in her death.
Ruben's defence lawyer, Hipura Ujaha said he was adamant police officers failed in their investigations, as no forensic analysis was done to link his client to the crime scene.
Ndauendapo said further evidence indicated that Ruben told a friend a few days after the body of the deceased was discovered that he wanted to travel to Tsumkwe and see a traditional healer for him to not be arrested in case he killed a person.
Ruben is remanded in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility until 25 January 2017 for the presentation of evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentence.