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Frenzied fatal knife case postponed to 2019

2018-09-06  Maria Amakali

Frenzied fatal knife case postponed to 2019
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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.

Appearing on bail in the Regional Court yesterday before Magistrate Elina Nandago, Goagoses was informed that her trial would only resume next year once the Supreme Court’s decision is available. 

Although her case has been partially heard during the trial, the prosecution is waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision following the decision of the prosecutor general to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The case is currently at the stage of oral submissions before judgement.
At the start of the trial in March 2012, Goagoses took a no guilty plea to the charge of murder, saying she could not recall the events that led to her boyfriend’s death.

It transpired during trial that the couple were apparently out all day drinking and got home in the evening. Upon their arrival at home, an argument erupted which led to a fight during which the deceased allegedly started assaulting Goagoses. She ran to the kitchen and grabbed a bread knife, storming back to the bedroom where she stabbed him.

According to the police, four bloodstained steak knives were found at the scene. One knife lay in a bedroom, where the presence of blood indicated the stabbing could have started there, while a knife of which the blade had been bent, another knife of which the blade had been broken off, and a fourth knife, still intact, were found outside the house where Radecke lay dead next to a car.

Goagoses was found with a fifth knife in her trouser pocket.
Goagoses, who abandoned her application to undergo psychiatric evaluation, said she could not recall what happened. She testified that she only recalls going to the bathroom when they got home and when the police were removing her from Radecke’s body. 

Police officers that arrived at the scene on the day of the incident allegedly found the accused Goagoses on top of the deceased holding a knife, at the same time shaking his lifeless body. In her defence Goagoses said she was simply looking if the deceased was still alive.

It is alleged there was nobody at home apart from the deceased and the accused during the time of the incident.
Goagoses will make a return in court when her trial resumes on January 29. Defence attorney Titus Mbaeva is representing Goagoses with Menencia Hinda 

2018-09-06  Maria Amakali

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