Judgement in Keetmanshoop murder case set for October

A Keetmanshoop resident on trial in the High Court regarding the murder of an elderly retired teacher in November 2012 the southern town in the //Kharas Region, will hear fate early next month (October) when the court hands down the judgement on the matter.

High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo, who is presiding over the alleged murder trial, will make the judgement public on 10 October this year (2019) at about 09h00.

The case on Tuesday placed mistakenly on the roll of the High Court for the judgement, but is it was officially confirmed before that the verdict will only be made known on 10 October 2019.

In the matter, the State alleges that Jan Benedictus Fredericks, 29, killed retired teacher Magrietha Aletta Thirion, 64, by hitting her with a wooden pole at her residence in Keetmanshoop on 06 November 2012.

Thirion died due to severe head injuries the following day- 07 November 2012- in the Katutura State Hospital, where she was transferred to from Keetmanshoop.

In his submissions for judgement, prosecution representative, State Advocate Dominic Lisulo calls for the convictions of the accused on all the charges he is facing in court.

However, Fredericks' Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji asked the court not ti impose a long custodial punishment that would break his chances of rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Fredericks already suffered some irreparable blows after a warning statement and evidence of pointing out a crime scene to the police investigating team shortly after arrest were ruled admissible before court on 16 August 2017 at the end of the proceedings of a trial-within-a-trial.

The self-incriminating admissions by Fredericks were ruled admissible in a judgement of the trial-within-a-trial handed down by Ndauendapo, who is presiding over this trial.

This evidence is now being used by the prosecution against the accused during the main trial.

Fredericks, however, scored a small victory when his alleged confession in respect of a guilty plea statement he gave to a magistrate shortly after arrest was ruled inadmissible.

During the trial-within-a-trial, Fredericks told the court that police investigating officers repeatedly assaulted him on several occasions and forced him to make the now-thrown-out statement.

Fredericks also allegedly robbed the victim of some beddings, a mobile phone and a laptop with charger and computer bag shortly after the killing incident.

Fredericks is facing charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail since his arrest, pending the handing down of the judgement on 10 October this year (2019) .

Source: Namibia Press Agency