Murder Case Deferred to Next Year

Investigations into the case in which Andre Castri Friedel Dausab, 32, an IT technician at the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) faces a charge of murder of a trainee pastor in Windhoek in February this year are still incomplete.

As a result, on Friday the court hearing was remanded to February 16, 2015.

In August he pleaded not guilty when the matter continued in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court and he was also informed he cannot plead insanity as he was found mentally fit to stand trial.

Dausab is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Gofaone Motlamme, 33, at the Paulinum Theological College in Windhoek on February 22.

Motlamme, a Motswana who was a pastoral student at the college, was killed when she was allegedly stabbed repeatedly with a knife.

Dausab was remanded in custody, where he has been incarcerated since his arrest.

Tatelo Lusepani represented the State while Magistrate Jermaine Muchali presided on Friday.

Chaos broke out at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court after his first appearance in February when he attacked Allgemeine Zeitung photographer, Marc Springer, knocking down the journalist with a vicious blow behind the ear.

After proceedings the police led a very aggressive Dausab out of A-Court. While walking past members of the public and journalists in the corridor, the accused broke loose and hit Springer behind the left ear knocking him to the floor.

The police then jumped onto the accused and managed to contain him. The struggle continued up to the holding cells with Dausab’s lawyer jumping into the crowd trying to protect his client from any blows.

As a result all accused are now handcuffed when taken to and from court. And New Era learned that a police officer was scolded after he appeared in a newspaper photo escorting an un-handcuffed accused.

New Era reported in April that as a result Warrant-Officer Loide Neis who was in charge at the court was transferred to the Katutura Police Station.

Dausab was not handcuffed at the time he punched the journalist. Following the incident, police officers were asked why the accused was not handcuffed and they allegedly said Neis refused to give them handcuffs, allegedly saying they were for her use alone, sources told New Era.

She allegedly also refused to provide them with guns on the same grounds.

However, Khomas regional commander, Major General Desiderius Shilunga, denied at the time that it was the reason for the officer’s transfer. “It’s not the reason,” said Shilunga who noted it is routine for officers to be transferred if they have been in a position for too long.

The Inspector General, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga said following the incident in which the journalist was punched he made it clear to the regional commander that he did not want to see a repeat and that he should take the necessary measures.

Source : New Era