15 Feb 2018 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 15 FEB (NAMPA) A Swakopmund mother accused of killing her two-year-old daughter along the Henties Bay-Terrace Bay road in the Erongo Region in September 2016, now wants a psychiatric evaluation.
Zenobia Seas, 32, made a third appearance in absentia before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Thursday when her State-funded defence lawyer Christopher Dube informed the court that he will send an urgent application to the prosecution authority in the next few days for his client to be sent for psychiatric observation.
The lawyer wants Seas to undergo a 30-day-psychiatric observation to determine her mental health status before, during and after the commission of the alleged crime.
Furthermore, explaining her absence, Dube informed the court that Seas underwent surgery in her hometown, Walvis Bay in January and is now recovering there.
Dube, however, did not disclose the illness his client was suffering from as he said it is confidential information.
The case was then remanded until 22 March 2018 for another pre-trial conference and to allow the defence lawyer to file his application for psychiatric observation before the Registrar of the High Court.
Seas is accused of smothering her own daughter with a piece of cloth.
Her murder case was on 25 October 2017 transferred from the Swakopmund Magistrates Court to the Windhoek High Court as per a decision taken by the Office of the Prosecutor-General.
Seas, who was employed at Husab Mine at the time of the incident, allegedly drove from Swakopmund with her daughter to about 112 kilometres northwest of Henties Bay, where the toddler was killed.
It is suspected that after suffocating the child, Seas put firewood under her vehicle in an effort to burn herself and the slain toddlers body inside the car.
The wood had, however, not caught fire when the police arrived at the scene and arrested her.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef is representing the State in the matter.