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Lab results halt church murder

2022-09-27  Maria Amakali

Lab results halt church murder

DNA analysis is still outstanding in the case of two men, accused of raping and murdering a 29-year-old woman, whose body was found dumped at a church last year.

According to State prosecutor Edel Upindi, the prosecution is still waiting on the DNA reports for investigations to be finalised. 

Thus, the State sought a longer postponement. 

Upindi further said the State is still not in favour of having the accused, Raymond Matroos and Rajiv Jossep, released on bail.

 The State said the charges they face are serious, and it would not be in the interest of justice. 

The court postponed the matter to 23 January 2023 and further advised the accused of their rights to approach the court with a formal bail application.

The prosecution is charging Raymond and his co-accused with a charge of murder and rape, respectively, for the death of 29-year-old Quitenline Bonnita Eixas in May 2021. 

Eixas’ lifeless body was discovered at African Methodist Episcopal Church in Katutura by a church caretaker on 23 March last year.

At the time, the family spokesperson, Immanuel !Aochamub, explained that their daughter, who is a mother of four children, died as a result of blunt force trauma and injuries to the head.

He indicated the perpetrators allegedly used bricks and blunt objects to break the back of her skull. 

According to reports, the caretaker, who opted to remain anonymous, said he made the discovery around 07h00 before the church service was supposed to start. 

When he stepped outside, he discovered a woman’s body wrapped in a red towel, soaked in blood.

He tried to see if the woman was still breathing but later realised she was dead. 

He initially wanted to flee, but he decided to call the police. 

- mamakali@nepc.com.na


2022-09-27  Maria Amakali

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