Man on trial for woman's murder denies involvement

13 Feb 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - A man on trial in the High Court for the murder of Walvis Bay resident, Bernadine 'Didi' Baumgarten, in March 2014 on Monday denied any involvement in the matter.
The 32-year-old Petrus Piet Nakanene entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of murder, rape and obstructing the course of justice at the start of his trial here before High Court Judge, Dinnah Usiku.
The late Baumgarten worked at the Sunshine Centre for children with intellectual and physical disabilities, where she was employed for about two years before her untimely death in March 2014.
Baumgarten had suffered no visible wounds on her body and the State alleges she was strangled to death.
Evidence contained in the charge sheet has it that Nakanene allegedly transported her body in a wheelie dustbin from Kuisebmond to the dunes near Narraville, where it was dumped.
A passer-by discovered her body covered in a blanket.
Nakanene remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
Trial continues Tuesday.
Nakanene is represented by State-funded lawyer Mpokiseng Dube.
State Advocate Innocentia Nyoni appears for the prosecution.