Rape and murder trial starting Wednesday

30 Jan 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JAN (NAMPA) - Two men on trial in the High Court over the rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl over the Easter weekend in 2013, will plead to the charges against them on Wednesday.
Fransiscus Dimitri Narimab, 29, and Ruben Fritz, 21 are expected to plead not guilty to the charges of murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating or obstructing the course of justice when their trial begins before Acting High Court Judge Boas Usiku on Wednesday at around 10h00.
The duo was scheduled to enter pleas to the charges against them on Monday, but could not do so because the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid only last week formally appointed and instructed defence lawyers Mbanga Siyomuinji and Ray Silungwe to defend them.
The lawyers need to properly consult with their clients before they plead to the charges.
Monday’s postponement was decided upon as per an agreement reached by the two defence lawyers and prosecution representative, State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu, in court.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet indicate that Narimab and Fritz allegedly robbed, raped and murdered Melody Alwina Uri-Khos in the Shandumbala area of Katutura between 28 March and 01 April 2013.
Uri-Khos left her home on the afternoon of 28 March, allegedly saying she had been invited to join Narimab and Fritz for a cooldrink.
However, she did not return home and her body was found lying in a ditch between Shandumbala and the Western Bypass highway five days later.
Uri-Khos died from a blow to the head with an unknown object.
The accused also allegedly robbed the victim of her mobile phone.
The two men remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail since their arrest in 2013.