Accused Windstaan still awaiting response on legal aid

21 Feb 2017 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – Raynoldt 'Jackie' Windstaan, one of two men found guilty of killing two farmworkers in the Schlip area in 2005, is still awaiting response from the Directorate of Legal Aid for another government-sponsored lawyer.
On 07 December 2016, Windstaan, 33, 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.
At the time, Windstaan told High Court Judge Naomi Shivute he fired Mbaeva because the lawyer did not follow his instructions and refused to bring before court an application for his discharge 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 Directorate of Legal Aid in respect of his application for another defence lawyer.
He told the court that an official from the Directorate of Legal Aid visited him at the holding cells at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility to inform him that another lawyer will soon be appointed.
The case was then remanded until 23 February 2017.
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 McNab’s skeletal remains were found on 30 July 2009. They were killed because they had information about stock theft in the area at the time.
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.
Windstaan and Eixab pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder.
They remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail.
Joshua Kaumbi is defending Eixab.