Appeal date against murder acquittal to be known soon

13 Jun 2017 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA) - A date for the hearing of the State’s intention to appeal a judgement that cleared a man on charges of rape and murder of a schoolgirl, will be made public on 27 June 2017.
Fransiscus Dimitri Narimab, 24, was on 16 March 2017 set free in a ruling handed down by Acting High Court Judge Boas Usiku, following a successful application for discharge brought before court by his lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji.
Narimab will also be served with a written notice of the appeal and to be present in court on 27 June.
Not happy with the acquittal, State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu on 09 May 2017 approached High Court with an urgent application, asking the court to be allowed leave to appeal against the judge’s decision for acquittal.
Narimab was on trial alongside Ruben Fritz, 21, for the rape and murder of Alwina Uri-Khos, whose body was found dumped in the bushes between Shandumbala and the Western Bypass between 28 and 29 March 2013.
Sampson Enkali is representing Fritz.
Narimab was acquitted on a charge of murder, two counts of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat the course of justice.
Usiku said at the time there was no prima facie evidence presented by the prosecution before court upon which a reasonable court may convict the accused person.
The State alleged that during that fateful night, Uri-Khos was in the company of Narimab and Fritz and they were seen socialising at different shebeens in Shandumbala.
On the charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, the State alleged that Uri-Khos was thrown to the ground, hit with stones and other unknown objects, and robbed of her mobile telephone, a pair of shoes and trousers.
The victim was strangled to death after she was hit with rocks on the head and due to the blunt force impact trauma, died on the spot.
Fritz remains in police custody.