Judgement in Aranos farm shooting trial set for November

22 Aug 2017 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - An elderly farmer on trial in the High Court for shooting his wife with a revolver at a farmhouse in Aranos in 2010, will hear his fate later this year.
Court documents availed to Nampa on Tuesday show that High Court Judge Naomi Shivute will hand down her ruling in the matter on 24 November at about 10h00.
The accused farmer will either be found guilty on a charge of murder or on a lesser charge of culpable homicide.
On 06 June this year, Willem Visagie Barnard, 64, in his own defence told the court he had no single recollection of the events of the night of 10 April 2010 when he allegedly gunned down his wife, Anette Barnard, in the sitting room at Farm Chorus, Aranos, in the Hardap Region.
The farmer told the court he was completely under the influence of alcohol at the time of the commission of the crime.
Barnard only recalls that the following morning when he woke up, he saw the lifeless body of his wife in a pool of blood and a revolver lying on the floor.
He is facing a charge of murder, and his case is being dealt with as per the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, Act No. 4 of 2003, which calls for a long custodial term if he is found guilty by the court at the end of the trial.
In September 2016, Barnard suffered a heavy blow when his application for discharge was dismissed by the court after the State established a prima facie case against him and this required him to be placed on his defence.
Evidence presented during trial have it that Anette Barnard died instantly from a single gunshot to the head.
The couple had been drinking heavily that night.
Upon arrest, Barnard allegedly told the police that he was apparently tired of his deceased wife's continuous comments over the murder of right-wing leader Eugene Terre'blanche in South Africa.
After the shooting, Barnard allegedly called his son-in-law and told him that he had just killed his wife.
Palmer Khumalo, assisted by Cliff Lutibezi, appear for prosecution.
Advocate Louis Botes defends Barnard, who is free on bail.
(NAMPA)
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