State closes case in Swakopmund gang-rape and murder trial

10 Sep 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – The prosecution on Monday closed its case in the trial of two Swakopmund residents accused of brutally gang-raping and murdering a young woman at that town in 2005.
Kingsley Dauseb, 36, is charged in the matter alongside fellow Swakopmund resident Michael Tsowaseb, 39.
The two men are each charged with a count of murder, gang-raping, violating a dead human body and theft in respect of the circumstances that led to the death of Menesia Owoses, 34, at the coastal town in the Erongo Region between 03 and 04 September 2005.
The prosecution representative, State Advocate Erick Moyo closed the prosecution’s case in the High Court on Monday morning and the accused’s government-sponsored defence lawyers, Braam Cupido and Mese Tjituri asked for a postponement of the case to Tuesday to consult their clients in preparation of the defence’s case.
On Tuesday, the two accused will tell the court whether they will testify in person or their testimonies will be presented before court by their respective lawyers.
Evidence presented during trial has it that Tsowaseb, Dausab and Owoses met each other at a bar in the town and later went to a house together before deciding to visit a local nightclub that fateful day.
On their way to the club, the two men allegedly attacked Owoses, overpowered her and took turns to rape her.
Owoses died of strangulation.
Her body was also violated after a broken bottle, stone and other unknown objects were apparently used to cut and stab her neck, face and private parts.
Tsowaseb and Dausab remain in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail since their arrest in 2005.