Case of trio charged with killing Outjo pensioner resumes in High Court

07 Feb 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) – The trial of three men arrested in connection with the alleged killing of a pensioner at Outjo in the Kunene Region in October 2014, resumed before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Tuesday.
Ferdinand Hangula, 40, Lourens Aib, 23, and 26-year-old Hendrik Nowoseb allegedly attacked 72-year-old Outjo resident Gerhardus Petrus Koekemoer at his residence on 25 October 2014.
Koekemoer was declared dead upon arrival at the Outjo State Hospital.
A 60-year-old woman, Zenobia van der Merwe, who was with the deceased person in the house at the time of the incident, survived the alleged attack and received medical treatment at the Outjo State Hospital after she suffered stab wounds on her left shoulder.
At the resumption of the trial, State witness Van der Merwe gave her evidence in which she narrated the alleged attack when she was allegedly assaulted and raped, and how the deceased was stabbed to death with a knife.
She will continue her testimony on Friday, after which she will be cross-examined by defence lawyers in respect of her evidence.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet indicate that the incident took place at around 21h00 that day at the deceased’s kiosk located at his residence.
On that fateful day, Van der Merwe apparently left the kiosk which is attached to the house in order to lock a small gate at the house.
On her way back to the kiosk, she was allegedly approached by the accused three men who forced her into the house, while demanding money from her.
They then allegedly started assaulting her, and she lost consciousness.
When she recovered, she found that she had been raped and stabbed on her shoulder, and saw deceased Koekemoer lying in a pool of blood in front of her.
The police arrived at the scene within minutes and immediately took the victims to Outjo State Hospital.
The trio have already on 25 July 2018 each entered not guilty pleas to the charges of murder, attempted murder, rape as well as robbery with aggravating circumstances.
They are further accused of stealing N.dollars 251 in cash and Tango recharge vouchers worth N.dollars 465 as well as cigarettes, sweets, a bunch of keys and a pocket knife.
The prosecution has so far roped in a total of 51 witnesses to come and give evidence on its behalf during trial.
Legal Aid-funded defence lawyers Appolos Shimakeleni, Vanessa Kauta and Natji Tjirera are representing the three accused.
State Advocate Carol-Ann Esterhuizen is appearing for the prosecution.