07 Dec 2016 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 DEC (NAMPA) - One of the two men found guilty of killing two farmworkers in the Schlip area in July 2005, on Wednesday fired his State-funded defence lawyer with immediate effect.
The 33-year-old Raynoldt 'Jackie' Windstaan terminated the service of Titus Mbaeva just as the lawyer was about to present evidence of mitigation of sentence on behalf of his client.
Windstaan told presiding High Court Judge Naomi Shivute that Mbaeva did not follow his instructions during the proceedings of the trial.
Another reason was that the lawyer refused to bring before court an application for the discharge of his client shortly after the prosecution closed its case.
Mbaeva was allowed to withdraw from the case and Windstaan was ordered to re-apply to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal for another lawyer to defend him.
Windstaan was on 30 November 2016 found guilty as charged alongside Johannes Eixab, 35, of assaulting and murdering the 42-year-old Klaas Titus and John McNab, 39.
The incident occurred at Farm Good Hope near Rehoboth between 16 and 18 July 2005. They threw the remains of the two victims into an unused well of about 20 metres deep on another farm in the Kalkrand district.
Titus and McNabs skeletal remains were found on 30 July 2009.
The duo confessed and made self-incriminating statements to the police shortly after their arrest. They also voluntarily took the police to the farm and pointed out the well in which they threw the bodies, and this contributed immensely to the strength of the prosecution's case and their convictions.
Both Windstaan and Eixab have pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder.
Windstaan was arrested in August 2009 while Eixab was nabbed in August 2010 after evidence surfaced that he was with Windstaan when the two farmworkers disappeared.
The two were allegedly killed because they had information about stock theft in the area at the time.
Windstaan and Eixab remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail until 24 January 2017 for Windstaan to get response in respect of his legal representation.
Joshua Kaumbi is defending Eixab.