Court Sees Murder Scene Video Recording

ONE of the men accused of having robbed and murdered an elderly Windhoek resident in his home near the end of August 2009 placed himself and his two co-accused at the scene of the crime when he visited the scene with police officers after his arrest.

A video recording showing the visit that Court sees murder scene video recording

ONE of the men accused of having robbed and murdered an elderly Windhoek resident in his home near the end of August 2009 placed himself and his two co-accused at the scene of the crime when he visited the scene with police officers after his arrest.

A video recording showing the visit that Erwin Kasorere Tjiueza Katjingisiua (31) made to the home of the late Gideon Johannes (‘Koos’) Stoop in the company of police officers on 1 September 2009 was shown in the Windhoek High Court yesterday. While pointing out the scene to a police officer, deputy commissioner Hermie van Zyl, Katjingisiua indicated that both people now on trial with him, Nelsiene Kauaria (31) and his brother, George Tjikuao Katjingisiua (33), were present at the scene when Stoop was attacked during a robbery that ended in his death.

The video recording showed Katjingisiua telling Van Zyl that he wanted to point out the scene because he knew he was guilty and wanted to get his case over quickly.

The two men and Kauaria are charged with robbing Stoop (78) and murdering him in his flat in Windhoek’s Cimbebasia area during the night of 28 to 29 August 2009. They pleaded not guilty to counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances, and conspiracy to commit robbery when they went on trial before Judge Alfred Siboleka in November 2012.

The video recording shows that before driving to the scene, Katjingisiua told Van Zyl that he had gone to the scene in a taxi that was following Kauaria.

At the scene, he told Van Zyl he and his brother had gone into Stoop’s flat after his brother had found the flat’s kitchen door unlocked.

Once they were in the kitchen, Stoop – described by Katjingisiua as “a white old man” – came from the bedroom of the flat and chased them out of the flat.

When George Katjingisiua reacted by opening a knife, Stoop and Kauaria went back into the bedroom, he told Van Zyl.

In the bedroom, he and his brother asked Stoop for money, his car keys, safe keys and where the safe was, Katjingisiua said. His brother then pushed Stoop from the bed where he was sitting. Katjingisiua told Van Zyl that Stoop fell to the floor, and his brother then started to stab him in the chest.

While his brother was stabbing Stoop, he and Kauaria were rifling through the flat, looking for money or a safe, he added. They did not find anything.

He and his brother then tied up Stoop, took him into the bathroom of the flat, and locked him in there.

Stoop was found dead in the bathroom the next day.

According to Katjingisiua he and his brother ended up taking a television from the flat, while Kauaria removed bloody items from the scene.

They tried to leave the scene in Stoop’s car, but had to change that plan when his brother could not get the car started, he said to Van Zyl.

The trial is continuing.

Judge Siboleka ruled last week that the prosecution can make use of evidence about Katjingisiua’s visit to the scene. However, alleged self-incriminating statements that Katjingisiua and Kauaria made to magistrates in Windhoek after their arrest were inadmissible as evidence in the trial, because the judge was not satisfied that the two accused had been informed of their right to apply for state-funded legal aid before they made the statements.(31) made to the home of the late Gideon Johannes (‘Koos’) Stoop in the company of police officers on 1 September 2009 was shown in the Windhoek High Court yesterday. While pointing out the scene to a police officer, deputy commissioner Hermie van Zyl, Katjingisiua indicated that both people now on trial with him, Nelsiene Kauaria (31) and his brother, George Tjikuao Katjingisiua (33), were present at the scene when Stoop was attacked during a robbery that ended in his death.

The video recording showed Katjingisiua telling Van Zyl that he wanted to point out the scene because he knew he was guilty and wanted to get his case over quickly.

The two men and Kauaria are charged with robbing Stoop (78) and murdering him in his flat in Windhoek’s Cimbebasia area during the night of 28 to 29 August 2009. They pleaded not guilty to counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances, and conspiracy to commit robbery when they went on trial before Judge Alfred Siboleka in November 2012.

The video recording shows that before driving to the scene, Katjingisiua told Van Zyl that he had gone to the scene in a taxi that was following Kauaria.

At the scene, he told Van Zyl he and his brother had gone into Stoop’s flat after his brother had found the flat’s kitchen door unlocked.

Once they were in the kitchen, Stoop – described by Katjingisiua as “a white old man” – came from the bedroom of the flat and chased them out of the flat.

When George Katjingisiua reacted by opening a knife, Stoop and Kauaria went back into the bedroom, he told Van Zyl.

In the bedroom, he and his brother asked Stoop for money, his car keys, safe keys and where the safe was, Katjingisiua said. His brother then pushed Stoop from the bed where he was sitting. Katjingisiua told Van Zyl that Stoop fell to the floor, and his brother then started to stab him in the chest.

While his brother was stabbing Stoop, he and Kauaria were rifling through the flat, looking for money or a safe, he added. They did not find anything.

He and his brother then tied up Stoop, took him into the bathroom of the flat, and locked him in there.

Stoop was found dead in the bathroom the next day.

According to Katjingisiua he and his brother ended up taking a television from the flat, while Kauaria removed bloody items from the scene.

They tried to leave the scene in Stoop’s car, but had to change that plan when his brother could not get the car started, he said to Van Zyl.

The trial is continuing.

Judge Siboleka ruled last week that the prosecution can make use of evidence about Katjingisiua’s visit to the scene. However, alleged self-incriminating statements that Katjingisiua and Kauaria made to magistrates in Windhoek after their arrest were inadmissible as evidence in the trial, because the judge was not satisfied that the two accused had been informed of their right to apply for state-funded legal aid before they made the statements.

Source : The Namibian