Farm Drie Riviere murder trial in court

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Two men made a second appearance in the Windhoek High Court on Thursday for the murder and robbery of Ernst Jacobus Cloete who was killed at Farm Drie Riviere in the District of Rehoboth on November 28, 2011.
Riaan Khachab, 36, and Hans Gareth Kamberipa, 34, are faced with charges that they killed Cloete with an axe while he was tending to his sheep and goats that were grazing.

It is further alleged the accused were lying in wait for the deceased and that after they struck him with the axe they tied his hands and feet with a rope.

According to charges, the accused hid the deceased’s body in some bushes and covered it with some shrubs in an attempt to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.

Khachab and Kamberipa then proceeded to rob the deceased of a wallet containing a PSEMAS medical aid card, PSUN card, Meatco membership card, GIPF card and at least N$300 in cash.
They also took the deceased’s .270 SAKO rifle with the serial number 553150 with a suppressor, telescope and rifle bag and at least eight live .270 rounds.

In addition they also stole 30 sheep and three goats, a rope and a Samsung cellular phone.
The two accused are charged with one count of murder, one count of robbery with aggravating circumstances, one count of defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice, one count of possession of a firearm without a license and one count of possession of ammunition without a license.
Khachab will be defended by Christopher Stanley on instructions from the Directorate of Legal Aid and Kamberipa by Bronell Uirab also on the ticket of legal aid.

Judge President Petrus Damaseb postponed the matter to June 23 for allocation of trial dates before Judge Dinah Usiku.
Khachab is currently serving a sentence for a conviction of escape from lawful custody.