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A 24-year-old Outjo resident accused of killing his 19-year-old girlfriend in a fit of jealousy was convicted of murder with direct intent. An appeal by a man who was convicted of raping a minor girl repeatedly over several months during 2007 and 2008, was dismissed by Windhoek High Court judges Dinnah Usiku and Claudia Claasen. A judge has freed two men accused of theft, alternatively possession of uncut diamonds and one count of conspiracy to commit an offence to bring to an end a saga that lasted over a decade. High Court Judge Johanna Salionga on Friday meted out the harshest punishment the Namibian Constitution permits when she sentenced three people convicted of murder to life imprisonment. Erongo Regional Council chairperson Ciske Smith-Howard is facing a N$350 000 lawsuit from Henties Bay local authority councillor Sifried Junios //Garoëb. The Supreme Court yesterday deferred an application for domicile by a Mexican-born architect, married to a Namibian in a same-sex marriage, back to the home affairs ministry. A 53-year-old man convicted of 32 rape counts involving 10 minor boys, was sentenced to an effective 68 years imprisonment by acting Windhoek High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka yesterday. Former commissioner of refugees Likius Valombola, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to an effective prison term of 14 years, wants the High Court to grant him leave to appeal the conviction in the Supreme Court. Windhoek High Court Judge Dinnah Usiku this week ruled an identity parade held in Swakopmund that identified Panduleni Gotlieb (34) and David Shekudja (39) as two of the men who broke into the residence of Walvis Bay businessman Hans- Jörg Möller inadmissible. “Help me, I’m being raped.” Defence lawyers in the bail application of six Fishrot accused say releasing their clients on bail is a “safe risk.” A candidate who lost the Baster kaptein election on 24 April 2021 has approached the Windhoek High Court to declare the elections irregular, not free and fair, and to get it set aside. A State witness, who worked at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology in Arandis, testified yesterday that accused Ernst Lichtenstrasser told then executive director Eckhardt Mueller to “sleep with one eye open”. The trial-within-a-trial of the two American nationals accused of the assassin-like murder of Andre Heckmair in Windhoek in January 2011, was put on hold last week as the State’s last witness was unable to testify. Government, in particular the minister of home affairs and immigration (previously minister of safety and security) has agreed to settle a lawsuit instituted against them for an Operation Kalahari incident on 5 October 2019. Defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomunji has succeeded in convincing Windhoek High Court Judge Claudia Claasen to grant his client and murder accused Abraham Maasdorp bail on stringent conditions. A former farmworker of double murder accused Ernst Lichtenstrasser testified yesterday in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Christie Liebenberg about a shotgun Lichtenstrasser gave him in 2016 to protect his livestock. The defence lawyers of two American citizens accused of the assassin-like murder of Andre Heckmair in Windhoek in January 2011 totally destroyed the evidence of a State witness in a mini-trial. A Gobabis resident who was released on parole after a murder conviction in 2008, was convicted of a similar crime in the Windhoek High Court on Friday. Russian national Alexander Krylof testified this week in his own defence after Acting Windhoek High Court Judge Claudia Claasen ordered that he and his Namibian counterpart Anna Katrina Engelbrecht must answer the 42 counts of rape and child trafficking, in addition to a charge of supplying minors with cigarettes.