Presentencing evidence in inmate killing trial on hold

23 Mar 2017 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAR (NAMPA) -The presentation of presentencing evidence in the trial of three inmates found guilty of killing another prisoner at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility in January 2012, has been put on hold until early May.
This presentation of evidence was postponed to 08 May 2017 because State-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji, who is representing two of the convicted inmates, is reportedly not feeling well and could not be present in court on Thursday.
On 07 February 2017, inmates Herman Rukero, 25; Benedictus Afrikaner, 28; and Maleachi Seibeb, 47 were found guilty on charges of murder and obstructing the course of justice in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge, Dinah Usiku.
The three were jointly tried for the death of Eddie /Gomxob on 18 January 2012.
The trio and victim were allegedly involved in an intimate relationship when the fatal stabbing of 33-year-old /Gomxob took place in one of the facility’s bathrooms.
At the time of handing down judgement, Usiku said the prosecution has proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt that the trio acted in a common purpose to kill /Gomxob.
“During the attacks on the deceased person, the victim had suffered a total of 11 penetrating stab wounds which were all directed (inflicted) on the chest,” said the judge.
The three men had denied the charges at the start of the trial in 2014.
Undisputed evidence presented before court had it that the three used a broom bracket in the attack and stabbed /Gomxob to death.
Lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji is appearing for Rukero and Seibeb, while Milton Engelbrecht is representing Afrikaner.
The two lawyers are defending the three men on the instruction of the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid.
Advocate Ethel Ndlovu appears for the prosecution.
The three return to court on 08 May 2017 for the presentation of presentencing evidence.