Submission before sentencing in murder trial to be heard in November

17 Sep 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 SEP (NAMPA) – Submission before sentencing in the case of a South African truck driver found guilty of killing a Namibian woman in June 2014, will be heard on 18 November 2019.
The submission was supposed to be presented on Tuesday before the Windhoek High Court, but defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji and State Advocate Salomon Kanyemba could not proceed with the submission as the accused’s previous conviction records are yet to come from South Africa.
Willem Wimpie Februarie, 38, was in June this year found guilty of murdering, with direct intent to kill, 56 Dinah Diedericks at her home in Windhoek West on 21 June 2014.
High Court Judge Naomi Shivute while handing down the judgment said after summing up the evidence presented during trial, she found that Februarie was the last person in Diedericks’ company before her death.
“He had also conducted himself badly in his evidence during the hearing of his failed formal bail application and during trial in court. The medical evidence shows that the accused killed the deceased person by way of strangulation,” she said.
According to Judge Shivute, a number of State witnesses placed the accused in the area where the murder took place when they presented undisputed prima facie evidence to that effect.
Februarie denied committing the offence when he entered a not guilty plea to the charges of rape, murder and crimen injuria at the start of his trial on 05 April 2018.
He was arrested a day after Diedericks was found dead outside her home.
Mobile phone records also indicated that Februarie was in the area of Windhoek West from about 20h00 to 23h00 on 21 June 2014, when Diedericks was killed.
He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.