Ex-security guard to hear fate on Wednesday

13 Feb 2018 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - A former security guard who allegedly raped and killed a young bartender in Katutura almost six years ago, will hear his fate on Wednesday.
Moses Ndiweda Puleni, 29, stands accused of raping Paulina Nghidinitango, 18, before killing her by strangling her with his bare hands and smothering her with a towel at a shebeen along Albert Conradie Street in Katutura on 31 December 2011.
High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo, who is presiding over the rape and murder trial, is scheduled to deliver his verdict on Wednesday at 10h00.
In his submission during trial in October last year, State Advocate Dominic Lisulo said Puleni mercilessly committed the offences against the innocent woman and, therefore, should be found guilty as charged by the State.
On his part, Puleni's Government-funded defence lawyer, Mbanga Siyomuinji, pleaded with the court not to impose a long custodial sentence that would destroy his client's chance of rehabilitation upon conviction.
In September 2016, Puleni suffered a heavy blow when his confession and other self-incriminating statements were ruled admissible by the court, and in the process were used against him during trial.
He faces charges of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
Puleni vehemently denied any involvement in the rape and killing of Nghidinitango when he entered a “not guilty” plea to the charges at the start of his trial in the Windhoek High Court in 2016.
It is alleged that Puleni and Nghidinitango were together at the shebeen and he at a later stage attacked her with a piece of cable or wire. He then allegedly proceeded to rape and kill her.
Puleni then allegedly robbed the shebeen of N.dollars 69 000 in cash, two mobile phones, a pair of spectacles, three wallets, an unknown amount of liquor, an unknown amount of cigarettes, airtime vouchers, a Nokia mobile phone charger, two bundles of keys and two identity documents belonging to the deceased person and Josef Matine Siwombe.
Puleni was arrested three days after the incident at his home village in the Ohangwena Region.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail.