Former Neudamm worker denies killing girlfriend
12 Jun 2017 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - A former worker at the Neudamm experimental farm near Windhoek accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in August 2009, on Monday denied any involvement in the alleged murder.
The 38-year-old Eben Cloete denied this when he entered 'not guilty pleas' to the two counts of housebreaking with intention to kill and murder at the start of his trial before High Court Judge Dinah Usiku on Monday.
Cloete, through his State-funded defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht, did not disclose the basis of his defence in respect of the 'not guilty pleas' and challenged the prosecution to prove him otherwise.
The State alleges that Cloete, on 13 August 2009, unlawfully and intentionally broke open the door of the house of Anna Nadia Coetzee with the intent to murder her, and then intentionally killed her.
According to the summary of substantial facts contained in the indictment, Cloete allegedly stabbed Coetzee, the mother of his child, at least eight times with a sharp object in her chest before fleeing the scene.
She died at the scene as a result of haemothorax caused by the stab wounds.
State Advocate Palmer Khumalo is handling the States case.
Cloete remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
The trial continues Tuesday.