Judgement in Keetmanshoop murder case set for October

10 Sep 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – A Keetmanshoop resident on trial in the High Court for the murder of a retired teacher at the southern town in November 2012, will hear his fate early next month.
High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo, who is presiding over the murder trial, will make the judgement public on 10 October.
In the matter, the State alleges that Jan Benedictus Fredericks, 29, killed retired teacher Magrietha Aletta Thirion, 64, by hitting her with a wooden pole at her residence in Keetmanshoop on 06 November 2012.
Thirion died due to severe head injuries the following day in the Katutura State Hospital, where she was transferred to from Keetmanshoop.
In his submissions for judgement, prosecution representative, State Advocate Dominic Lisulo called for the conviction of the accused on all charges he is facing.
However, Fredericks' Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji asked the court not to impose a long custodial punishment that would harm his chances of rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, Fredericks already suffered some blows after a warning statement he made and the pointing out of a crime scene to the police investigating team shortly after arrest, were ruled admissible before court on 16 August 2017 at the end of the proceedings of a trail-within-a-trial.
The self-incriminating admissions by Fredericks were ruled admissible in a judgement of the trial-within-a-trial handed down by Ndauendapo, who is presiding over the trial.
This evidence is now being used by the prosecution against the accused during the main trial.
Fredericks, however, scored a small victory when his alleged confession in respect of a guilty plea statement he gave to a magistrate shortly after arrest, was ruled inadmissible.
During the trial-within-a-trial, Fredericks told the court that police investigating officers repeatedly assaulted him on several occasions and forced him to make the now-thrown-out statement.
Fredericks also allegedly robbed the victim of bedding, a mobile phone and a laptop.
He faces charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail since his arrest, pending the handing down of the judgement on 10 October this year.