06 Dec 2017 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) A Gobabis resident serving a 35-year prison sentence, on Wednesday abandoned his intention to appeal against his conviction and prison term due to lack of funds for legal representation.
Jacobus Khoi-Khoi, 28, requested High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg to remove his application for leave to appeal from the roll of the High Court in order to allow him to raise the needed funds for a private defence lawyer to represent him during the appeal bid.
Khoi-Khoi made the request for the temporary removal of his case from the roll on Wednesday morning during a pre-trial conference of case management review.
I want this application to be removed from the roll, because I cannot represent myself without a lawyer, he said.
The Directorate of Legal Aid declined to appoint a State-funded lawyer for him on the ground that there is no prospects of success in the appeal.
Khoi-Khoi told the court that he will make arrangements with his family in the next few weeks to raise funds for his legal representation.
The case will be reinstated on the High Court roll once Khoi-Khoi gets funding for his legal representation.
Khoi-Khoi was prosecuted on a charge of murder, read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, in connection with the death of Anna Pana, 20, who died when she was stabbed with a knife at Farm Samekoms in the Gobabis District on 09 March 2013.
During his trial, Khoi-Khoi claimed he had acted in self-defence when he stabbed Pana.
He was found guilty of murder, committed with a direct intention to kill by the same judge.
Pana, who was about three months pregnant, died as a result of severe blood loss.
State-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji defended Khoi-Khoi during trial.