Keetmans Murder Statement Ruled Admissible

A STATEMENT that a Keetmanshoop resident allegedly made to a police officer after being arrested on murder, rape and robbery charges may be used as evidence in his trial, it was ruled in the Windhoek High Court yesterday.

Judge Naomi Shivute’s ruling concluded a trial within a trial in which Erwin Kock tried to have the statement excluded from the evidence placed before the court. Judge Shivute said the full reasons for her ruling would be given in her verdict at the end of Kock’s trial.

The contents of the statement, which Kock made to a police officer on 5 October 2008, are expected to be revealed to the court when the trial continues from 10 March next year.

Kock (37) is on trial on charges of murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances. He is accused of having murdered a fellow resident of Keetmanshoop, Rebecca Isaaks (58), in her house in the Tseiblaagte area during the night of 2 to 3 October 2008. The prosecution is also alleging that he raped Isaaks and robbed her by stealing a bag, clothing, curtains and a blanket from her.

Isaaks was killed when she was hit on the head with an unknown object, and she was also stabbed on her private parts, the prosecution is charging.

Kock was arrested two days after Isaaks had been found dead on a bed in her house.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges when his trial started in September last year. The results of DNA analysis and comparison done at the British Columbia Institute for Technology in Canada became part of the evidence before the court in September last year. According to that evidence, a DNA sample collected from a condom packet that was found in Isaaks’ house matched the DNA profile obtained from two hair samples that had been collected from Kock.

The Canadian forensic scientist who did the DNA analysis and comparison told the court that the estimated probability of finding someone else with a DNA profile matching the genetic profile of the sample that matched Kock’s DNA profile was one in 169 quintillion. A quintillion is one billion billion.

Kock has been kept in custody since his arrest.

He is being represented by defence lawyer Boris Isaacks. Aocate Karin Esterhuizen is representing the State.

Source : The Namibian