Warning statement admissible in court

16 Aug 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 AUG (NAMPA) - A warning statement and the evidence of pointing out a crime scene to police by a Keetmanshoop resident on trial regarding the death of a retired teacher in November 2012, were on Wednesday ruled admissible before court.
The self-incriminating admissions by murder accused, Jan Benedictus Fredericks, 27, were ruled admissible in a judgement of a-trial-within-a-trial handed down by High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo here Wednesday morning.
This evidence will now be used by the prosecution when the main trial resumes before court on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Fredericks’s scored a small victory when his confession in respect of a “guilty plea statement” he gave to a magistrate shortly after arrest was ruled inadmissible and thrown out of court.
During a trial-within-a-trial, Fredericks told the court, police investigating officers repeatedly assaulted him on several occasions and forced him to make the now-thrown-out statement.
The State alleges Fredericks killed Magrietha Aletta Thirion, 64, by hitting her with a wooden pole at her residence in Keetmanshoop on 06 November 2012.
Thirion died due to severe head injuries the following day in the Katutura State Hospital, where she was transferred to.
Fredericks had allegedly robbed the victim of some bedding, a mobile phone and a laptop with charger and computer bag.
State Advocate Dominic Lisulo appears for the prosecution.
Mbanga Siyomuinji is defending Fredericks, who remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail.