Double murder accused to appear in High Court on Thursday

22 Nov 2017 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV(NAMPA) - A Windhoek resident who stands accused of killing two women and burning their bodies at a dumping site near Pioniers Park in January last year, is expected to make a first appearance in the High Court here on Thursday.
Lukas Nepela Nicodemus last appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on 24 October 2017, when his case was transferred from that court to the High Court for a first appearance on 23 November 2017 as per decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General (PG).
The PG's decision was made public that day by Public Prosecutor Cedric Tubeho Mundia in court in the presence of Nicodemus’s State-sponsored defence lawyer, Milton Engelbrecht.
The 47-year-old Nicodemus stands accused of one of the most gruesome murders of recent times.
The State alleges that during the period of 06 and 07 January 2016, Nicodemus allegedly intentionally and unlawfully killed Johanie Naruses, 29, and Clemensia de Wee, 23.
The two victims' partially burned corpses were discovered at a dumpsite, west of Pioniers Park in Windhoek, by a security guard who was working in the area.
Nicodemus’s black sedan was later found by police abandoned in an unnamed location in the capital.
The car is believed to have been used in the transportation of the two women's corpses, as the police found bloodstains in the car.
The State alleges the victims’ remains were burned in an attempt to conceal the crime.
Nicodemus, who is facing two charges of murder and a charge of obstructing the course of justice, has denied the offence when he entered his preliminary pleas of 'not guilty' to the charges against him in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court earlier this year.
Nicodemus has also underwent a 30-day psychiatric evaluation during August last year and was found to be fit to stand trial and understand court proceedings.
Nicodemus is in custody at Windhoek Central Correctional Facility until his first appearance in the High Court on Thursday.