08 Dec 2017 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) - The outcome of the second psychiatric evaluation of a charcoal farmworker on trial in the High Court on several counts of rape and a charge of murdering a two-year-old boy, will be made public at the beginning of next year.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu told presiding High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Friday that the prosecution has now secured a bed at the Windhoek Central Hospitals Psychiatric Unit, where murder suspect, Johannes Likuwa Hausiku, is scheduled to undergo a second 30-day psychiatric evaluation.
Hausikus case was then remanded until 08 January 2018 for the outcome of his second psychiatric observation to be made public in court that day.
Initially, Hausiku, 42, was found unfit to stand trial after the first 30-day psychiatric evaluation conducted by State Psychiatrist, Dr Hileni Ndjaba at the Windhoek Central Hospital.
Ndjaba found Hausiku was incapable to understand court proceedings and could not put up a proper defence during trial.
Not satisfied with this finding, Ndlovu approached the court on 03 August 2017 with an urgent application, asking Ndauendapo to allow Hausiku to be sent for a second observation conducted by two psychiatrists - one employed by the State and another from a private practice.
The prosecution alleges the first observation was not conducted properly as per the provisions of Section 79 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.
Hausiku allegedly kidnapped and raped a woman who was intoxicated at Outjo during the night of 30 to 31 May 2012.
He then allegedly murdered the womans 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 remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility since the arrest with no option to post bail.
State-funded lawyer Hipura Ujaha is defending Hausiku.