Elia denies killing IUM student

A former long-distance bus driver who stands accused of killing his girlfriend, International University of Management (IUM) student Iyaloo Ndapandula Hainghumbi, here in 2017, has on Wednesday denied any knowledge or involvement in the alleged murder incident.

The accused former long-distance bus driver- Victor Elia, 38- denied any knowledge or involvement over the death of the late IUM student when he entered pleas of not guilty at the start of his alleged murder trial that kicked-off before Acting High Court Judge Elaine Rakow on Wednesday morning.

Elia entered pleas of not guilty to the three charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating or attempting to defeat the course of the administration of justice when he allegedly destroy some crucial physical evidence by cleaning some bloodstains from inside his vehicle shortly after the incident.

He entered his not guilty pleas to the charges against him as per instructions he gave his Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji.

The accused also opted to remain silent and did not provide any statement explaining his pleas of not guilty and challenged the prosecution team to prove the veracity and truthfulness of each and every element contained in the charge sheet.

The three charges Elia is facing are being dealt with by the Court in respect of the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2003 that warrants a heavy direct prison term in case of conviction.

The late Hainghumbi's body was discovered near the B1 main road between Windhoek and Okahandja on 14 January 2017.

The prosecution alleges that Elia murdered the student by hitting her on the head numerous times with an unknown object, after which he then allegedly dumped the body on the side of the road.

It is further alleged that Elia was not happy with the deceased after learning that she wanted to end their three-year-long relationship.

He was also the last person to see Hainghumbi alive.

During his failed formal bail application before court in 2017, Elia told the court that he only met with Hainghumbi briefly on 13 January 2017 and did not know what happened to her thereafter.

Source: Namibia Press Agency