Fatal Stabbing After Tombo Exclusion

A MARIENTAL district farmworker’s decision to exclude a colleague from a tombo drinking session cost him his life, according to testimony heard in the Windhoek High Court yesterday.

It was after the late Paul Fredericks and a fellow farm resident had told a colleague, Eliakim Nampindi, that they did not want him to drink with them that Nampindi pulled out a knife and stabbed Fredericks, one of the prosecution’s witnesses in Nampindi’s trial, Alfred Kooper, testified before Judge Alfred Siboleka.

Kooper told the judge that he saw Nampindi stab Fredericks in the left side of his chest. Fredericks (46) died later, while he was being transported to Mariental for medical treatment, Kooper said.

Nampindi (62) is charged with murder in connection with the incident in which Fredericks was killed at a farm in the Hoachanas area in the Mariental district on 5 March 2009. He pleaded not guilty to that charge when his trial began on Tuesday.

Nampindi was free on bail on the charge over the killing of Fredericks when he was again arrested on a second murder charge and a count of attempted murder. Those charges flow from a knife stabbing that took place at Kalkrand on 3 August 2011. In that incident, a 38-year-old woman, Annetta Jantjies, was fatally injured when she was stabbed six times, while a man, Salmon Rooinasie, was left seriously injured.

Nampindi also pleaded not guilty to the charges in connection with the stabbing at Kalkrand.

A medical doctor, Gwinyai Kadenge, who conducted autopsies on the bodies of both Fredericks and Jantjies, testified on Tuesday that Fredericks died from a deep penetrating stab injury to the left side of his chest.

Jantjies died from multiple stab injuries to the chest and abdomen, Dr Kadenge said.

He testified that two of the stab wounds to her chest injured her stomach and right lung. Another stab wound to her abdomen was also a fatal injury, which left her intestines protruding from the wound, he said.

Jantjies was also stabbed in her right upper arm, Dr Kadenge reported. She was stabbed with such force that the bone in her right upper arm was fractured, the doctor testified.

Nampindi’s defence lawyer, Mbanga Siyomunji, has told the court during the trial so far that according to Nampindi he stabbed Fredericks in self-defence after Fredericks had attacked him with an iron bar. Nampindi’s instructions were that he was at his house when Fredericks arrived at his door and hit him on his arm with the iron bar, the lawyer said.

Siyomunji also disputed the correctness of the evidence that Kooper gave from the witness stand.

Kooper told the court he was at his mother’s house on the farm where both Nampindi and Fredericks were employed when Nampindi arrived at the house. At that stage his mother – who has since died – and Fredericks were drinking tombo at the house, he said.

When Nampindi entered the house, his mother and Fredericks said to him that they would not drink with him, and told him to go outside, Kooper said.

Nampindi went out, but then went back into the house, Kooper said. He testified that Nampindi grabbed Fredericks by his collar and pushed him against the wall, before Nampindi pulled out a knife and stabbed Fredericks in the right side of his chest.

Siyomunji pointed out to Kooper that Dr Kadenge had found that the fatal stab injury was on the right side of Fredericks’ chest, and proceeded to accuse Kooper of lying to the court.

He was only conveying to the court what he had seen at the scene of the stabbing, Kooper responded.

The trial is continuing. State aocate Ethel Ndlovu is prosecuting.

Source : The Namibian

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