Man denies killing and burning two young women
09 Dec 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 DEC (NAMPA) - A Windhoek resident accused of murdering two young women and setting their bodies alight in January this year has denied committing the brutal offences.
The 46-year-old Lukas Nepela Nicodemus on Friday entered his preliminary pleas of not guilty to the two counts of murder and one count of obstructing the course of justice in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Lüderitz Street.
He entered his pleas in the presence of his privately-instructed defence lawyer, Milton Engelbrecht, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 119 of the Namibian Criminal Procedures Act.
The alleged double murder case was postponed until 28 April 2017 to allow the Office of the Prosecutor-General to pronounce itself on the matter.
The suspect entered his pleas before Windhoek Magistrate, Sebby Alweendo Venatius, while Public Prosecutor Ntelamo Laura Mabuku handled the State's case.
Nicodemus allegedly shot and killed Clemencia de Wee, 23, and Joanny Naruses, 29, before setting their bodies alight at the Pionierspark dumpsite between 06 and 08 January 2016.
He was arrested on 07 January 2016 and remains in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, with no option to post bail until 28 April 2016.
Nicodemus was however informed to bring a formal application before court if he wants to be released on bail.