Trial over death of Katutura schoolgirl resumes January

02 Aug 2019 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) – The case of two young men on trial in the High Court on charges of raping and murdering a schoolgirl whose body was found dumped between Shandumbala and the Western Bypass in March 2013, is now set down to resume next year.
The accused - Fransiscus Dimitri Narimab, 29, and 22-year-old Ruben Fritz - made another appearance before High Court Judge Boas Usiku on Friday when their alleged rape and murder case was postponed to 27 January 2020 for the continuation of the trial.
Friday’s postponement of the case was effected as per agreement reached between State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu and the accused’s Legal Aid-funded defence lawyers Mbanga Siyomuinji and Sampson Enkali in court.
Accused Narimab was set free on 16 March 2017 in a ruling handed down by Judge Usiku, following his successful application for discharge brought before court by his State-funded lawyer, Siyomuinji.
However, Narimab is now again added to the case after the prosecution team successfully appealed against the acquittal in the Supreme Court on 22 May 2019.
Narimab and Fritz are on trial for the alleged rape and murder of 18-year-old Alwina Uri-Khos, between 28 and 29 March 2013.
The two men each face a charge of murder, two counts of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat the course of justice in respect of the schoolgirl’s death.
The alleged rape and murder of the girl sent shockwaves through Katutura at the time.
According to a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet, on that night, Uri-Khos was in the company of Narimab and Fritz and they were seen socialising at different shebeens in Shandumbala in Windhoek.
She was allegedly raped twice.
On the charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, the State alleges that Uri-Khos was thrown to the ground, hit with rocks and other unknown objects and robbed of her mobile phone, a pair of shoes and trousers.
Fritz remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail.
Narimab is free on a warning.