Charcoal worker accused of murder yet to undergo mental evaluation

15 May 2019 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) – A charcoal worker on trial in the High Court on several counts of rape and a charge of murdering a toddler at Outjo in 2012, is still waiting to be sent for a second psychiatric evaluation.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu informed High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Wednesday that accused Johannes Likuwa Hausiku was yet to be sent for a second 30-day psychiatric evaluation that will be conducted at the Oshakati State Hospital in the Oshana Region.
Hausiku’s alleged rape and murder case was, therefore, postponed to 24 May 2019 to allow the management of the Windhoek Central Hospital’s psychiatric section to come and explain before court the reasons why the accused has not been sent for his second mental observation.
The accused was supposed to be sent to Oshakati State Hospital already by the end of last year, in respect of his second evaluation.
Initially Hausiku, 43, was found unfit to stand trial during his first 30-day psychiatric evaluation conducted by State Psychiatrist, Dr Hileni Ndjaba at the Windhoek Central Hospital during 2017.
Ndjaba found that he was incapable of understanding court proceedings and could not put up a proper defence during trial.
Not satisfied with these findings, prosecution representative Ndlovu approached the High Court in August 2017 with an urgent application, asking the court to allow a second observation.
The prosecution alleges that Hausiku’s first observation was not conducted properly as per the provisions of Section 79 of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1977.
Hausiku is alleged to have kidnapped and raped a woman at Outjo in the Kunene Region on the night of 30 May 2012.
He then allegedly murdered the woman’s two-year-old son and hindered police investigations by telling her to report to the police that she had been attacked and her son was killed by four unknown men.
The accused is also alleged to have kidnapped, raped and robbed two other women in January 2012.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, where he has been held since his arrest.
State-funded defence lawyer Theo Carolus of the local Neves law firm is defending Hausiku.