Alleged killer rapist to hear fate early next month

WINDHOEK: A Keetmanshoop resident accused of murdering a farm worker will hear his fate early next month when the High Court hands down judgement in the matter.

The judgement in the matter was supposed to be delivered on Wednesday, but High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo who is presiding over the case was not able to finish writing the verdict on time due to other official commitments.

“Unfortunately, the judgement in this case will not be handed down today. I was not able to complete the judgement on time due to other workloads at my desk. The judgement in this matter will now be delivered on 09 June 2015,” the Judge said as he postponed the case.

In the matter, the 32-year-old Marius Thomas is accused of murdering farm worker Likius Ngesheya between 25 and 26 February 2008 at Farm Kaalvlakte in the Bethanie District in the Karas Region by hitting him with a pick-axe.

Shortly after the alleged killing of the farm worker, Thomas then allegedly stole the Ford Courier bakkie Ngesheya was driving at the time, which belonged to Jacobus Hendrik Oosthuizen.

Thomas is charged with murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping and indecent assault.

He is also charged with the rape of a woman at Farm Gellap Ost in Keetmanshoop district during August 2009.

It is alleged that Thomas had sex with the complainant without her consent.

It is further alleged that he tied up the victim with ropes and threatened to stab her and another woman.

Thomas is also charged with stealing a Nissan 1400 bakkie and approximately N.dollars 2 700 in cash, all of which belonged to the rape victim.

He allegedly kidnapped the alleged woman on 03 August 2009 and forced her into the Nissan 1400 bakkie – keeping her captive until she managed to escape at petrol station in Keetmanshoop at a later stage.

Thomas however allegedly also indecently assaulted her at the Farm Gellap before she managed to escape.

Windhoek-based defence lawyer Monty Karuaihe is defending accused Thomas, acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid.

State Advocate Jack Eixab is appearing for the prosecution.

Thomas remains in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility until his next court appearance on 09 June this year to hear judgement.