Trial over paternity saga killing begins in November 2018

16 Jan 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JAN (NAMPA) – The trial of a Windhoek resident accused of murdering a four-year-old boy in 2015 after rumours surfaced that he was not the child’s biological father, starts in the High Court at the end of November.
The trial is starting on 28 November 2018 and will run until 14 December 2018.
The date for the start of the trial was decided upon as per an agreement reached by prosecution representative, State Advocate Cliff Lutibezi and Government-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji.
This was done when murder accused Simon Muno Reeves Dawid made another appearance before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo during a pre-trial conference of case management review Tuesday morning.
The court also heard today that Dawid, who was believed to be on the run when he did not show up to court on 28 November 2017 and 12 December 2017, was actually in the Katutura State Hospital with a fractured skull after he was attacked by unknown people on 26 November 2017.
He was re-arrested on 13 December upon his discharge from hospital because a warrant for his arrest was already in force at the time.
The warrant of arrest was, however, cancelled by Judge Ndauendapo on Tuesday after Dawid submitted his medical health passport showing he was indeed in hospital and not on the run as it was earlier alleged.
Dawid was free on bail of N.dollars 4 000 when he was attacked and that bail was cancelled and forfeited to State coffers on 12 December 2017 when he did not show up before court for a second time.
He is now free on a warning until the start of his murder trial in November this year because it takes the Justice Ministry a long time to reinstate cancelled bail.
The 46-year-old Dawid is accused of intentionally killing Athanosius Katholo Reeves Simbo on 05 July 2015 by hitting the child against a concrete wall at a house in Mika Shimbuli Street in Katutura.
The State alleges that when the boy was born on 20 August 2010, Dawid and the child’s biological mother, Stella Fatima Simbo, were in a romantic relationship and she told the accused he was the child’s father.
Their relationship ended in 2012 and the child remained in Dawid’s care.
Rumours, however, started to surface in the community that he was not Simbo’s biological father.
Subsequent to the child’s death, DNA test results also confirmed that Dawid was in fact not the child’s biological father.
(NAMPA)
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