Charcoal farmworker sent for second mental check-up

16 Aug 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 16 AUG (NAMPA) - A charcoal farmworker on trial in the High Court on several counts of rape and a charge of murdering a two-year-old boy five years ago, will undergo a second psychiatric evaluation.
High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo ordered on Wednesday that 42-year-old Johannes Likuwa Hausiku be admitted for a second observation to be conducted by two psychiatrists - one from the State and another from a private practice.
The prosecution asked for a second evaluation, alleging the first was not conducted properly as per the provisions of Section 79 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.
Hausiku was initially found unfit to stand trial after a 30-day psychiatric evaluation conducted by State Psychiatrist, Dr Hileni Ndjaba at the Windhoek Central Hospital.
Ndjaba found Hausiku was incapable of understanding court proceedings and could not put a proper defence during trial.
Not satisfied with this finding, State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu approached the court earlier this month with an urgent application, asking the court to send Hausiku for a second mental health observation.
The accused’s government-funded defence lawyer, Hipura Ujaha wanted the State's application to be thrown out of court but did not succeed.
Hausiku allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman in a state of extreme drunkenness at Outjo, where he was employed, during the night of 30 to 31 May 2012.
He then allegedly murdered the woman’s two-year-old son, and hindered police investigations by telling her to report to the police that she had been attacked and her son was killed by four unknown men.
Hausiku is also alleged to have kidnapped, raped and robbed two other women in January 2012.
He will again undergo a mental evaluation at the Windhoek Central Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit.