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WINDHOEK - The man accused of killing his girlfriend and mother of his daughter pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in the Windhoek High Court on Monday morning and told the court he cannot remember anything that happened on that fateful day. WINDHOEK - One of the five men accused of murdering Walvis Bay businessman Hans-Jorg Möller during a daring robbery during the early hours of June 17, 2016 wants to be released on bail pending his trial. WINDHOEK - Two judges of the northern division at Oshakati High Court dismissed an appeal against a sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment on a conviction of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. The appeal was heard on October 9 already and the judgment given, but the reasons were only released last week. WINDHOEK - The corruption trial of former governor of Hardap Region and current education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, 51, resumed yesterday with another state witness testifying that she demanded to remove the names of non-Swapo members from the beneficiary list for mass housing in Mariental and replace them with names of party members. WINDHOEK - The trial of five men accused of murdering Walvis Bay businessman Hans-Jorg Möller during a daring robbery was postponed yesterday to tomorrow. WINDHOEK - Notwithstanding an onslaught from defence lawyer Sisa Namandje, Mariental Municipality CEO Paulus Nghiwilepo yesterday maintained that what he told the court on Tuesday – in the ongoing trial of education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa - was nothing but the truth. WINDHOEK - Levi Haneb, 32, who was convicted of murder with direct intent on his own admission and a charge of common assault and assault by threat was sentenced to life imprisonment on the murder charge. WINDHOEK - Namibian High Court Judge President and Deputy Chief Justice Petrus Damaseb said on Friday that Schedule 5 (3) of the Namibian Constitution creates a unique right in favour of holders of communal land rights, succeeded by the government of Namibia, and such right continues to exist even when transferred to a local authority. Schedule 5 (3) states that all land in Namibia, exclusive of p WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Collins Parker yesterday refused an urgent application by suspended City of Windhoek CEO Robert Nandaa Kahimise to be reinstated immediately, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing against him. WINDHOEK - The failure of two disgruntled members of Swapo to join other interested parties when they decided to approach the Windhoek High Court to stop the extra-ordinary Congress of Swapo slated for this weekend backfired when High Court Judge Thomas Masuku upheld an objection by the party and its secretary general Sophia Shaningwa about the non-joinder. WINDHOEK - Piet Kondjele Nakanene, 33, a Walvis Bay resident was sentenced to an effective 80 years’ imprisonment on convictions of two counts of housebreaking with intent to rape, three counts of attempted rape, one count of rape and two counts of attempted murder. WINDHOEK - Rachel Rittmann, 47, the Gobabis woman accused of plotting with her lover, 35-year-old Rhyno Richardo du Preez, to kill her husband in August 2013 yesterday denied all the charges against them in the Windhoek High Court before Judge Christi Liebenberg. WINDHOEK - A man accused of killing a boy he was made to believe was his own son, until he heard rumours to the contrary after his break-up with the mother of the boy pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder read with the Domestic Violence Act before Windhoek High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo. WINDHOEK - Windhoek High Court judge, Dinnah Usiku, rejected an application by one of the five men accused of the murder of Walvis Bay businessman, Hans-Jorg Möller, during a daring robbery to be furnished with further particulars on one of the charges that he faces. WINDHOEK - A 21-year-old resident of Rehoboth, who had his plea of guilty on a murder charge rejected by both the prosecution and the presiding judge for not complying with all the elements of a guilty plea, was convicted on a charge of murder with direct intent on Friday. WINDHOEK – “Justice was served on earth and in heaven,” former Supreme Court Judge Pio Marapi Teek said on Monday after three acting judges of appeal dismissed an appeal the Prosecutor-General (PG) lodged against his acquittal on charges of kidnapping and sexual molestation. WINDHOEK - Braam Cupido - the Legal Aid lawyer of Rhyno Richardo du Preez, 35, who allegedly plotted with Rachel Rittmann, 47, to kill the latter’s husband in August 2013 - yesterday withdrew as the defense counsel of Du Preez citing conflicting instructions in the Windhoek High Court. The mother of a four-year old boy killed in a fit of rage by a man she misled to believe it was his own blood testified the relationship between the two had been “loving” before he found out through the rumour mill the child was sired by another man. WINDHOEK - A Swakopmund resident accused of raping a 14-year-old and another woman in the spate of five days after being released on bail on a previous rape charge, claimed his alleged victims consented. WINDHOEK - Acting Windhoek High Court judge, Ileni Velikoshi, last Thursday denied 66-year-old farmer, Willem Visagie Barnard, bail pending the finalisation of his appeal hearing on a conviction of murder and 10 year sentence for killing his wife at their farm in the Mariental district.