21 Jan 2014 19:40pm
OSHAKATI, 21 JAN (NAMPA) - Three young men accused of housebreaking, rape and murder committed at the Onakaheke village near Okahao in the Omusati Region in 2011, are appearing in the High Court at Oshakati since last week.
Herman Sheepo Mbango, Simon Sheekeni Shaanika and Tylves Amunyela Shaanika stand accused of murdering 21-year-old Emilia Mvula Erastus after breaking into the Onakaheke villages Six Mabone Bar on the night between 29 and 30 March 2011.
Mbango was 21 years old at the time of the incident, while the two Shaanikas were 27 and 19 years old, respectively.
The three men allegedly found Erastus, who was a bar attendant at that bar, sleeping in a room adjacent to the bar at the time they broke into that business building.
Reports have it that the trio assisted each other to have forceful sexual intercourse with Erastus and afterwards bound her head, mouth and nose. Police officials said Erastus died on the scene.
They also tied a shoe lace around her neck, and it is believed that she died due to strangulation.
They fled the scene with several items such as a teller machine worth N. dollars 7 500, more than N.dollars 5 220 cash, three mobile phones and three packs of N.dollars 10 recharge vouchers.
One of the police investigation officers, Gabriel Amunyela told the court on Tuesday that most of the items were recovered at the arrest of the three men the following day.
The court has listed some 23 witnesses, including police investigation officers, to testify against the suspects until this Friday after the trio disputed the evidence presented earlier before the Magistrates Court in the Omusati Region.
Judge Christie Liebenberg is presiding over the trial, while Advocate Dominic Lisulo is prosecuting.
Simpson Aingura from Aingura Attorneys is representing Mbango, with Grace Mungaviri from Mungaviri Attorneys representing Simon Shaanika, and Marcia Amupolo from the Directorate of Legal Aid representing Tylves Shaanika.