24 Jan 2017 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) - One of the two men found guilty of killing two farmworkers in the Schlip area in July 2005, has still not acquired legal representation.
On 07 December last year, Raynoldt 'Jackie' Windstaan, 33, surprised the court when he terminated the service of State-sponsored defence lawyer Titus Mbaeva just as the lawyer was about to present evidence in mitigation of sentencing on behalf of his client.
Windstaan told presiding High Court Judge Naomi Shivute that he fired Mbaeva because the lawyer 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.
Windstaan made another appearance before Judge Shivute on Tuesday and informed the court that he did not get a response from the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid in respect of his new application for another government-sponsored defence lawyer.
As a result, the case was remanded until 21 February 2017 while he awaits the response.
Windstaan was on 30 November 2016 found guilty as charged alongside Johannes Eixab, 35, of assaulting and murdering 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 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.
Joshua Kaumbi is defending Eixab.