Outcome of murder accused's second psych evaluation out next month

08 Jan 2018 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 08 JAN (NAMPA) - The outcome of the second psychiatric evaluation of a man 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 next month.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu told presiding High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Monday that murder suspect Johannes Likuwa Hausiku has already undergone a second 30-day psychiatric evaluation at the Windhoek Central Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit in December 2017.
However, a report in respect of his second mental observation is yet to made available to the prosecuting authority.
As a result, the case was remanded until 09 February 2018, when the outcome of the report will be made public.
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 last year.
Ndjaba found that Hausiku was incapable of understanding 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 woman’s 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.
Furthermore, Hausiku is also alleged to have kidnapped, raped and robbed two other women in January 2012 in the Outjo area.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility since his arrest with no option to post bail.
State-funded lawyer Hipura Ujaha is defending Hausiku on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.