American unfit for murder trial

WINDHOEK: American murder suspect Marcus Kevin Tomas charged with the killing of Windhoek resident Andre Heckmair in January 2011, is not fit to stand trial, the Windhoek High Court heard today.

A summary of the clinical report compiled by a Windhoek-based psychiatrist read that Marcus Tomas knows he is in Namibia but does not know how he came to Namibia. He is struggling to recall all the information given to him. He does not recognise he has memory problems. He has problems with following instructions. In the result, Marcus Kevin Tomas is not fit to stand trial. He is not fit to understand and follow court proceedings.

However, the prosecution led by Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef is of the opinion that a number of things contained in the report are not clear to the State, and she therefore asked the court that Mthoko be subpoenaed to appear before court on 25 June this year in order to properly explain her report.

The 29-year-old Tomas, who indicated in November last year that he wants to plead guilty to the killing of Heckmair, was admitted to the Windhoek Central Hospital’s Psychiatric Section for a 30-day mental health fitness examination.

The continuation of the main trial is expected to resume in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Christie Liebenberg on 20 July 2015.