Man accused of stabbing girlfriend to death pleads not guilty

05 Nov 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) - Windhoek resident Johny Ryno Diergaardt, on trial in the High Court for stabbing his girlfriend to death in 2014, pleaded not guilty at the beginning of his trial in the High Court on Monday.
Diergaardt, 30, said he has no recollection of the event that caused the death of Tiffany Tanita Lewin, nor does he remember stabbing the deceased 27 times on 03 March 2014.
The incident occurred in a room the accused rented in Khomasdal’s Garnet Street, where he allegedly stabbed Lewin in front of her four-year-old son. She died on the scene.
The first State witness, the deceased’s mother Elsebe Lewin, on Monday testified that she does not know much about the relationship between her daughter and Diergaardt as the victim did not live with her while dating the accused.
To her knowledge, they however had a good relationship at first, until she informed her mother that she wanted nothing to do with the accused.
Elsebe Lewin said she then observed that the two would constantly quarrel and exchange heated text messages. She alleged that in one of the messages, Diergaardt threatened to kill her daughter and himself.
“They would even have physical fights,” she said.
Asked by High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo if Diergaardt had been in touch since with her since the incident, Elsebe Lewin said he wrote her a letter in which he apologised, saying he is sorry for what he did and did not mean to do it.
Defence lawyer Boris Isaacs said according to Diergaardt, Tiffany was an unfit mother who would constantly neglect her child.
Isaacs added that the accused did send a message in December 2011 stating that if she hurt the child, she would “find her body next to the baby.”
Melinda Jacobs is appearing for the State.
Diergaardt remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
The trial continues Tuesday.
(NAMPA)
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