Absent lawyer delays paternity saga murder trial

The continuation of the trial of a Windhoek resident arrested for the alleged murder of a four-year-old boy in 2015 after rumours surfaced in the neighbourhood that he was not the child's biological father, was on Friday put on hold until Monday next week (12 August 2019).

The continuation of the trial was ordered to stand down until Monday next week because the accused' s State-funded defence lawyer Vernon Lutibezi was not present in court today (Friday), and the accused has no knowledge of the whereabouts of his defence lawyer.

Prosecution representative, State Advocate Erick Moyo did not raise objections against the postponement of the continuation of the trial.

In the matter, Simon Muno Reeves Dawid has already denied committing the offence when he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of murder at the start of his trial before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on 03 December 2018.

At the time, the 48-year-old Dawid did, however, not provide a statement in respect of the basis of his not guilty plea, and has challenged the prosecution to prove the veracity of every allegation against him.

Dawid is accused of intentionally killing four-year-old Athanosius Katholo Reeves Simbo on 05 July 2015, by hitting the child against a concrete wall at a house in Mika Shimbuli Street in Katutura.

The State alleges that when the boy was born on 20 August 2010, Dawid and the child's biological mother, Stella Fatima Simbo, were in a romantic relationship and she told the accused he was the child's father.

Their relationship ended in 2012 and the child remained in Dawid's care.

Rumours, however, started to surface in the community that he was not the boy's biological father.

Subsequent to the child's death, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test results also confirmed that he was in fact not the biological father.

Dawid is free on warning.

Source: Namibia Press Agency