Absent lawyer delays paternity saga murder trial

02 Aug 2019 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) – The continuation of the trial of a Windhoek resident arrested for the alleged murder of a four-year-old boy in 2015 after rumours surfaced that he was not the child’s biological father, was on Friday put on hold until Monday, 12 August.
The continuation of the trial was ordered to stand down until then because the accused’s State-funded defence lawyer Vernon Lutibezi was not present in court Friday, and the accused had no knowledge of the whereabouts of his defence lawyer.
Prosecution representative, State advocate Erick Moyo did not raise objections against the postponement.
Accused Simon Muno Reeves Dawid already denied committing the offence when he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of murder at the start of his trial before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on 03 December 2018.
At the time, the 48-year-old Dawid did, however, not provide a statement in respect of the basis of his plea, and has challenged the prosecution to prove the veracity of every allegation against him.
Dawid is accused of intentionally killing four-year-old Athanosius Katholo Reeves Simbo on 05 July 2015, by hitting the child against a concrete wall at a house in Mika Shimbuli Street in Katutura.
The State alleges that when the boy was born on 20 August 2010, Dawid and the child’s biological mother, Stella Fatima Simbo, were in a romantic relationship and she told the accused he was the child’s father.
Their relationship ended in 2012 and the child remained in Dawid’s care.
Rumours, however, started to surface in the community that he was not the boy’s biological father.
Subsequent to the child’s death, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test results also confirmed that he was in fact not the biological father.
Dawid is free on warning.