Alleged Killer of Trainee Pastor Mentally Fit

THE man accused of murdering a trainee pastor at a theological institute in Windhoek six months ago, is not mentally ill and is fit to stand trial, a State psychiatrist has concluded.

Dr Ndahambelela Mthoko’s findings on the mental condition of Andre Castro Friedel Dausab, who is facing a charge of murder, were handed to Magistrate Jermaine Muchali when Dausab made his latest appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Dausab is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Gofaone Motlamme, at the Paulinum Theological College in Windhoek on 22 February. Motlamme (33), a Motswana who was a student at the college, was killed when she was stabbed repeatedly with a knife. It was reported at the time of the incident that her throat had also been cut.

Dausab’s defence lawyer asked Magistrate Muchali to order that Dausab should undergo psychiatric observation when he made his first court appearance on 24 February.

He was observed in the Forensic Psychiatric Unit of Windhoek Central Hospital from 14 May to 6 June, Dr Mthoko recorded in the report submitted to the court yesterday.

She stated: “During the observation period, Andre Castro Friedel Dausab did not show any symptoms of mental illness. He was able to give a coherent account of the alleged crime, and of himself.” Dr Mthoko reported that it was the unanimous opinion of a team involved in the observation of Dausab’s mental state that at the time of the writing of the report, which is dated 6 June, Dausab was fit to plead and stand trial.

The panel further concluded: “At the time of the commission of the alleged crime, he was not mentally ill, and as a result was able to appreciate the wrongfulness of the alleged offence and act in accordance with such appreciation.”

Dausab, who was employed as a multi-media technician at the Namibian College of Open Learning before his arrest, must make a next court appearance on 8 September. He will then be asked to plead to the charge he is facing, public prosecutor Tatelo Lusepani told the court.

Dausab was remanded in custody in the meantime.

Source : The Namibian