Expert testifies in municipal employee murder trial

16 Jul 2019 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JUL (NAMPA) - A National Forensic Science Institute expert Tuesday testified that they collected about 15 blood stains from rocks, stones and cigarette buds as evidence at the crime scene in the Goreangab Dam area where municipal worker Peter Muleke was found dead.
Tuyeimo Nakalemo was testifying before High Court Judge Johanna Salionga in a trial in which six people were arrested in connection with the circumstances that led to the death of the Windhoek Municipality employee.
The 36-year-old Muleke’s body was found in the Goreangab Dam area in Katutura between 31 March and 01 April 2015.
Nakalemo said she was called on 01 April by the Namibian Police Force to go and collect evidence of a murder case from the crime scene at Goreangab Dam.
She said she collected blood stains from rocks and stones while a colleague took photographs.
She also noted that the evidence collected was secured in special bags and given to the police investigation officers to deliver to the National Forensic Science Institute of Namibia for booking in and administration purposes.
“I was assigned by my supervisor to take the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis for this particular case for extraction, quantification, amplifying and interpretation for the report,” she said.
Nakalemo testified that the evidence was not contaminated as the DNA analysis would have picked it up in the results.
The accused, Muleke’s wife Annastacia Lubinda, 33; David Likando Matali, 45; Dave Kondjera, 32; Abiud Uazeua, 35; Donald Hindjou, 26; and the 27-year-old Dollam Tjitjahuma appeared before Judge Salionga at the High Court building located on the premises of the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
Earlier media reports have it that Muleke’s body was found lying a few metres from his abandoned car.
Police have alleged that they found evidence which strongly suggests that the wife of the deceased was involved in the murder.
The six accused are represented by defence lawyers Milton Engelbrecht, Natji Tjivera, Tuna Nhinda, Meriam Kenaruzo and Mbanga Siyomuinji.
The State is represented by Marthino Olivier.
Trial continues on Wednesday.