Du Preez and Rittmann to face sentencing in late October

Gobabis resident Rachel Rittmann and her ex-lover Ryno du Preez who were last month (August) found guilty of killing her husband, Rudolf Henry Rittmann, in August 2013, will face sentencing on 22 October 2019.

High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg announced this on Monday shortly after he has listened to submissions by the prosecution and defence team on the type of the sentences to be imposed in the matter.

State Advocate Marthino Olivier has asked the court to impose heavy sentences in the form of life imprisonment for both convicts.

Defence lawyers Johan Van Vuuren and Ileni Gebhart asked the court to show some lenience and impose a lenient sentence towards both accused.

In the matter Rachel and Du Preez were both found guilty on the charge of murder with direct intent to kill on 29 August 2019.

Rachel was also found guilty on a lesser charge theft after the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt through the presentation of the State witnesses' evidence that she was found in unlawful possession of her late husband's wallet and a cellular phone shortly after the commission of the offence.

Du Preez was found guilty as charged and upon his own pleas of guilty to the planning and the actual execution of the killing of the deceased, while Rachel was convicted as a result of the truthfulness of evidence presented before court by the prosecution team.

Advocate Olivier, through the presentation of the evidence said both Rachel and her ex-lover had conspired and acted with a common purpose in the planning and the actual execution of the killing of the deceased person.

According to Judge Liebenberg, Rachel actively participated in the early planning to bring about the death of her husband in order to cash in on the inheritance of the deceased, while Du Preez agreed to kill Rudolf by stabbing him to death with a knife at his home in Gobabis on 23 August 2013 because he was in love with Rachel at the time.

They, thereafter, transported the body in his own vehicle to an area between the Hosea Kutako International Airport and Kapps Farm in the Khomas Region, where they set the vehicle alight with the body of the victim inside in order to conceal evidence.

Rachel was remanded at the Klein Windhoek Police Station, while Du Preez remains at the Windhoek Correctional Facility's holding cells with no option to post bail.

Source: Namibia Press Agency