16 Mar 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 MAR (NAMPA) A Tses resident who stands accused of raping and murdering a 28-year-old pregnant woman in September 2014, was denied bail on Thursday in the Windhoek High Court.
Jesaja Boois, 40, has been in custody for two years and six months after he was arrested on 03 September 2014 in connection with the death Bonaventura Jahs.
According to the indictment, the deceased was attacked, raped and murdered on her way home from a shebeen at Tses village in the //Kharas Region on 02 September 2014.
The post-mortem report submitted during the bail hearing says Jahs died as a result of suffocation. It also indicated that she was four months pregnant.
Boois was arrested on five charges namely: murder, rape, defeating the course of justice, assault by threat and attempted murder.
A police investigation officer testified that on the day of the incident, Boois threatened Jahs while they were both at the shebeen.
The officer added that Booiss semen and DNA was found on the clothes and body of the deceased.
The accused had admitted that he had obtained a cut on his fingers during a struggle with the deceased.
Back in 1997, Boois was convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison, as well as 10 years for rape and 10 years for house breaking, but was later released on parole after only serving seven years of his sentences.
The accused has a tendency of committing similar offenses and these previous convictions were relied on (in judgement), Acting Judge Boas Usiku said before denying him bail.
The Tses community in August 2015 protested against bail for Boois.
Boois will remain in custody until his trial commences on 23 March 2017.
State-funded attorney Titus Mbaeva represented the accused and Prosecutor Antonia Verhoef represented the State.