• September 21st, 2018
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Koch acquitted for rape, guilty of child trafficking

WINDHOEK - Bertus Koch, the DRC settlement of Swakopmund resident accused of child trafficking and rape, alternatively committing an immoral act with a child under the age of 16 was on Tuesday convicted on the trafficking count, acquitted on the rape charge, but convicted on the alternative charge by High Court Judge President and Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb.


Life imprisonment for Tses rapist and killer

WINDHOEK – Jesaja Boois, 43, a resident of Tses in the Keetmanshoop district was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment on a conviction of murder, 20 years on a conviction rape, one year on a conviction of assault by threat and one year in jail on a conviction of defeating or attempting to defeat the course of justice by the Windhoek High Court.


Mariental murderer, serial rapist gets life

WINDHOEK - Gerald Henly Matlata, 34, the man who had the southern town of Mariental in a grip of fear for three years was yesterday sentenced to life in prison on convictions of murder, rape, robbery, housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery, theft and housebreaking with intent to rape and rape.


Judge dismisses application for leave to appeal recusal refusal

WINDHOEK - Acting Windhoek High Court Judge Johanna Salionga yesterday afternoon refused an application by the State funded lawyers for the accused in the murder for hire trial in the Windhoek High Court without giving any reasons. Judge Salionga only read the order dismissing the application and indicated she will present her reasons today at 09h00.


B1 City accused wants charges quashed

WINDHOEK - Former CEO of the Roads Contractor Company (RCC), Kelly Nghixulifa has requested the Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg to quash counts 1, 6, 9 and 10 in the indictment he faces in relation to charges of fraud and contravening the ACC Act.

Five-year-old shares his sodomy story

OSHAKATI – “It was painful and I was screaming, but he told me to keep quiet or else he would beat me,” a five-year-old boy from one of Oshakati’s informal settlements described the chilling details of the day he was allegedly sodomised by an older boy from the same location.


Man confesses to hacking girlfriend to death

WINDHOEK - An Otjiwarongo man who admitted in the Windhoek High Court yesterday that he hacked his girlfriend 45 times on her head, neck and face, said he committed the gruesome deed because the deceased refused to break up with him despite her having another boyfriend.


State requests life sentence for Matlata

WINDHOEK - State Advocate Marthino Olivier last Friday requested the Windhoek High Court Judge Christi Liebenberg to send Gerald Henly Matlata, 34, to prison for the rest of his life on convictions of murder, rape, robbery, housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery, theft and housebreaking.

Frenzied fatal knife case postponed to 2019

WINDHOEK - The trial of a woman accused of fatally stabbing her live-in boyfriend 17 times in 2009 will only resume in 2019. Laimi Goagoses, 35, has been on trial on a charge of murder for the death of her boyfriend, Horst Gunther Radecke, 57. Radecke lost his life in the attack that took place on December 23, 2009 along Tempel Street, Dolam in Katutura.

Murder accused gets date for bail hearing

WINDHOEK - Tuhemwe Dinyando, 30, a former security guard who has been in custody for allegedly killing a 32-year-old woman whose corpse was discovered near the University of Namibia’s (Unam) main campus will take the stand for his formal bail hearing in Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.


State requests 45 years for rape alone

WINDHOEK – State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu yesterday morning asked Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo to remove Jesaja Boois from society for a very long time as he is clearly a danger who cannot be let loose on innocent members of society.


Supreme Court denies petition for appeal

WINDHOEK - Chief Justice, Peter Shivute has denied a petition from eight persons still facing charges of high treason, murder, attempted murder, sedition, public violence, and illegal importation of weapons and ammunition directed at him to appeal a decision by Acting High Court Judge Petrus Unengu on the jurisdiction of the Namibian High Court to try them.

State calls Namandje’s argument bluff

WALVIS BAY - State prosecutor for the N$206 million cocaine case, Salmon Kanyemba says lawyer Sisa Namandje’s argument in the state’s case is weak, Namandje argued the evidence collected during the arrest of Grant Noble and Dinath Azahr is baseless and will be inadmissible during the trial.

Judgment expected in NamibRe re-insurance

WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Judge Thomas Masuku says he will deliver his judgment in the urgent application Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein and the Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation (NamibRe) launched to compel eight insurance companies to re-insure with NamibRe according to the NamibRe Act 22 of 1998 on September 20 after listening to two days of arguments.

Rittmann gets new veteran lawyer

WINDHOEK - Legal old-hand Johan van Vuuren was yesterday appointed as the new State funded legal representative for Rachel Rittmann, 47, the Gobabis woman accused of plotting along with her boyfriend to kill her husband in August 2013.

Nanub unrepentant despite murder conviction

WINDHOEK - A resident of the Havana settlement of Windhoek who was convicted of murder with direct intent and robbery with aggravating circumstances for slitting the throat of his former girlfriend and mother of his daughter, before he robbed her and her new boyfriend of a gas stove, still maintains he did not commit the dastardly deed.

Villager killed following heated quarrel

RUNDU - The Namibian Police in Rundu were called to a gruesome crime scene at Gove village some 31 km east of Rundu along the Rundu-Divundu gravel road that runs parallel to the Kavango River where a man had just been killed with a sharp unidentified object in the early hours of Thursday.

Jail terms and fines for Oranjemund pyramid schemers

WINDHOEK – Tears of joy and sorrows, along with hugs and kisses, were the order of the day when three people convicted of 513 counts of fraud, contravening the Banking Institutions Act and Contravening the Companies Act were sentenced to different terms of imprisonment and fines yesterday by Windhoek High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka.

Suspect sought by cops for dumping foetus

KAYIRA-YIRA - The police in Kavango West have requested the assistance from members of the public, who may perhaps have some information that could help to apprehend the culprit suspected to have aborted and abandoned her infant in the bushes of Kayira-yira village in Kavango West.

DNA of deceased covered murder weapon - expert

WINDHOEK - DNA expert, Maryn Swart, yesterday revealed to Judge Naomi Shivute in the Windhoek Court the DNA she found on the knife that ended the life of Getrud Vaanda Tjihuiko was predominantly hers with the accused in the matter, Elvis Mieze, 44 contributing only a minimal portion.

Frenzied knife murder trial postponed to April

WINDHOEK - The trial of Rodney Ricardo Rooi accused of murdering his 19-year-old girlfriend and mother of his child, Brigitta Smith, by stabbing her seven times in the chest for refusing to spend the night with him was postponed to April next year by the Windhoek High Court.

Court returns lodge to its rightful owners

WINDHOEK - The Windhoek High Court returned the occupancy rights of the Purros Community Campsite and Bush Lodge to the Purros Conservancy Committee after the latter successfully lodged an urgent application to restore their undisturbed and peaceful possession of the premises situated at Purros village.

Murder accused says fatal shooting was accidental

WINDHOEK - A former senior police officer of the Namibian Police Force, accused of shooting to death a teenager, yesterday claimed the fatal shot he fired happened during a struggle for the gun. He said this when he testified in his own defence in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Prison Facility before Judge Dinah Usiku.

Wife testifies in husband’s murder trial

WINDHOEK - The wife of a man accused of beating a woman to death in Windhoek’s Otjomuise location testified in her husband’s defence yesterday in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Alfred Siboleka. Margaret Gawaxab confirmed what Elwen Gawaxab has been saying through his privately funded lawyer, Mbanga Siyomunji, that he had on his work clothes, a green trouser and shirt when he left their house the previous evening and that he still had the same clothes on when he arrived home early the next morning, contrary to the evidence of State witnesses that he had put on blue jeans and a white shirt.

Missing docket halts murder case

WINDHOEK – The Katutura Magistrate’s Court could not proceed with the murder case of a 20-year-old woman on trial for allegedly killing her pensioner lover in February. The hearing failed to take place because the docket was not available.

Three minors brutally raped in Oshikoto

OMUTHIYA - Three separate cases of rape involving minors were reported to the Oshikoto police in one week, and only one of the suspects has so far been arrested while the other two are still at large, although their identities are known to the police.