19 Jun 2017 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - A man who allegedly connived with his lover to murder the womans husband at Gobabis on 23 August 2013, wants to admit to committing the offence.
Ryno Ricardo du Preez, 33, is charged along with his lover Rachel Elizabeth Rittmann, 46, in respect of the death of her husband Rudolf Rittmann, whose burnt remains were found in his car near the Windhoek-Gobabis road.
Du Preez informed High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Monday that he will tender a plea of guilty to the three counts of murder, conspiracy to murder and defeating or obstructing the course of justice.
The accused will tender his guilty pleas as per provisions of Section 122 of the Criminal Procedures Act and in accordance with the instructions he gave his State-funded defence lawyer Boris Isaaks.
A written statement of the intended guilty pleas was also handed in to the presiding judge and prosecution representatives, State Advocates Martino Olivier and Ethel Ndlovu.
As a result of Du Preez's intended guilty pleas, the trial was ordered to stand down until Tuesday morning at 11h00 to allow the prosecution team to go through the statement and see whether it contains all the elements for pleading guilty.
Rachel Rittmann, through her government-funded defence lawyer Hipura Ujaha, did not inform the court how she will plead to the charges against her.
The two accused face one count of murder each, a count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice, a count of violating a dead body by setting it alight and a count of malicious damage to property.
The Rittmann couple allegedly had marital problems that often led to temporary separation stints during 2012 and 2013.
It is suspected the two accused plotted Rudolfs murder and worked together to that effect.
The motive of the murder was to cash in on inheritance.
On the day, Rachel Rittmann allegedly fed her husband unidentified tablets through a drink and he became drowsy.
She then called in Du Preez, who was waiting nearby, to kill Rudolf.
Rudolf was stabbed 20 times with a sharp object, presumably a knife, while he lay in a state of confusion in his bed.
The accused then reportedly loaded his body into his car and drove it up to the Kappsfarm area, east of Windhoek and a few kilometres from the police check point, where the burnt car was later found.
They had set the vehicle on fire in an effort to cover their tracks.
Rittmann is being held at the Klein Windhoek Police Station, while Du Preez is at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility's holding cells.