Woman Denies Knife Crime Charges

A 41-year-old woman facing charges of murder, attempted murder and assault pleaded not guilty to all counts in the Windhoek High Court yesterday.

Magdalena Khamuxas denied guilt on a charge of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm with the start of her trial before Judge Naomi Shivute.

Defence lawyer Boris Isaacks, who is representing Khamuxas, told Judge Shivute after she gave her pleas that she was denying that she stabbed the person she is accused of having murdered. In respect of the two charges of attempted murder Khamuxas was claiming that she acted in self-defence when she stabbed a woman at a farm in the Outjo district during the night of 25 to 26 October 2011, while she is claiming that the stabbing of a man in his stomach during the same incident was an accident that happened while she was trying to free her hands from the man’s grip, Isaacks said.

Khamuxas was electing to remain silent on the last charge, which is a count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, as she had no recollection of having stabbed the complainant in that charge, Isaacks said.

The prosecution is alleging that Khamuxas murdered the 31-year-old Johannes Kasavi Ngunda at the farm Dornfeld, where they were staying, during the night of 25 to 26 October 2011. Ngunda died after he had been stabbed in the chest with a knife.

The prosecution is charging that Khamuxas, Ngunda and other people had been drinking home-brewed beer before the incident and that an argument later erupted between Khamuxas and another woman. After the two women, who wrestled each other to the ground, had been separated, Khamuxas allegedly went to fetch a knife. When people tried to prevent her from leaving the room where she had gone to fetch the knife, she stabbed two of them, it is alleged.

The State is alleging that when she got to the spot where the other woman was being restrained by Ngunda, she stabbed Ngunda in the chest and went on to stab the other woman nine times all over her body.

The prosecution, represented by State aocate Erick Moyo, is expected to start to present its witnesses’ testimony to the court today.

Khamuxas is being kept in custody.

Source : The Namibian