Windhoek High Court today ordered the continuation of the trial of two American nationals charged with murdering

The Windhoek High Court today ordered the continuation of the trial of two American nationals charged with murdering Windhoek resident Andre Heckmair in January 2011 without key murder accused, Marcus Kevin Tomas, having legal representation.

High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg, who is presiding over the case, this morning ordered the continuation of the trial because the court could no longer entertain delays in allowing the Ministry of Justice's Directorate of Legal to appoint and instruct another State-funded defence lawyer for Tomas.

Tomas, who is accused number one in the matter, was yesterday left without legal representation after he terminated the services of his State-sponsored defence lawyer, Titus Ipumbu, due to an irreconcilable breakdown of trust between him and Ipumbu.

Following the withdrawal of Ipumbu from the case, Legal Aid Senior Administrative Officer, Shawn Gariseb today requested the court to be afforded at least 14 days to find Tomas a new lawyer.

However, Gariseb's request was also not considered by the court due to the fact that Tomas himself caused several delays when he terminated the services of a total of nine lawyers (including Ipumbu) over the past five years.

In addition, Tomas further caused delays when he brought an application for the removal of Liebenberg from presiding over the case, which was also dismissed by the court.

Source: Namibia Press Agency