Farm worker denies killing wife and hidding body

A farmworker on trial in the High Court for alleged killing of his wife and hiding the deceased's body in a room inside their house between 02 and 04 August 2017 at a farm in the Kalkrand area, on Monday denied any involvement or knowledge of the incident.

The 54-year-old farmworker- Andrew Hermanus Johannes Scott- denied any involvement or knowledge about the circumstances that led to death of his wife Anna Scott at Farm Houmoed near the settlement of Kalkrand in the Hardap Region between 02 and 04 August 2017.

The accused farmworker denied involvement when he entered pleas of not guilty to the two charges of murder and defeating or attempting to defeat the course of the administration of justice at the start of his alleged murder trial that kicked-off before High Court Judge Naomi Shivute on Monday morning.

Scott, through his Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji, did not provide any statement before court in respect of his pleas of not guilty to the two charges and is strongly challenging the prosecution to prove each and every element of the allegations against him.

In his testimony on Monday morning, accused Scott's fellow farmworker Albert J. Syders informed the court that the accused had allegedly informed him and other farmworkers on 02 August 2017 while they were busy repairing the pipes of the borehole at the farm that his wife Anna Scott was sick lying in bed suffering from a terrible headache.

According to State witness Snyders, accused Scott said this while he was fully aware that his wife was already dead and he (accused) hid the deceased's body in a room inside their house at the farm.

A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that accused Scott assaulted his wife by kicking and hitting he before he finally strangled her to death with his own hands that fateful day.

However, the murder incident was only discovered on 04 August 2017 when some members of the couple came to their residence shortly after accused Scott himself alerted them about his plans to commit suicide.

It is further alleged that accused Scott assaulted and killed his wife shortly after accusing her of infidelity.

Scott remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail, pending the continuation of trial on Tuesday.

State Advocate Martino Olivier is handling the prosecution's case.

Source: Namibia Press Agency