24 Mar 2017 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAR (NAMPA) - Two men found guilty in November 2016 of killing two farmworkers in the Schlip area in July 2005, were on Friday sent to jail for 46 years each.
Raynoldt 'Jackie' Windstaan, 34, and the 36-year-old Johannes Eixab were on 30 November 2016 found guilty of assaulting and murdering 42-year-old Klaas Titus and John McNab, 39.
The incident occurred at Farm Good Hope in the Hardap Regions Kalkrand district between 16 and 18 July 2005.
On the first count of murder with intent to kill, they were each sentenced to 28 years imprisonment.
They also each got a prison sentence of 28 years in respect of the second count of murder with intent to kill. However, 10 years of this sentence must be served concurrently with the sentence imposed on the first count of murder.
Handing down the sentence, High Court Judge Naomi Shivute said these were pre-meditated murders because the duo waited for an opportune time to kill Titus and McNab.
In my view, a long prison sentence would be an appropriate punishment, she said.
Shivute further said neither Eixab nor Windstaan showed any remorse for what they did and persisted in saying they did not kill the deceased despite overwhelming evidence against them.
Evidence presented during the trial showed they threw the remains of their victims into an unused well on another farm in the area.
The victims were incapacitated, but still alive when their bodies were thrown into the well.
Titus and McNabs skeletal remains were discovered on 30 July 2009.
They were killed because they had information about stock theft in the area.
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.
They contributed to their convictions when they confessed and made self-incriminating statements to the police which were later admitted as evidence before court and used against them during trial.
The two voluntarily took the police investigating team to the farm and showed them the well where they had disposed of the bodies.
Windstaan and Eixab pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder.
They were, however, acquitted on a third charge of defeating, obstructing or attempting to defeat the course of justice after the State could not prove this charge beyond reasonable doubt.
They will serve their custodial terms at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
Both Windstaan and Eixab are first-time offenders with no previous records of criminal offence.
Joshua Kaumbi represented the two jailed men, while State Advocate Erick Moyo appeared for the prosecution.