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Trial over death of Katutura schoolgirl resumes Tuesday.

The case of two young men on trial in the High Court on charges of raping and murdering a schoolgirl whose body was found dumped between Shandumbala and the Western Bypass in March 2013, is expected to resume in the High Court on Tuesday.

The accused - Fransiscus Dimitri Narimab, 29, and 22-year-old Ruben Fritz - made another appearance before High Court Judge Boas Usiku on Monday when their alleged rape and murder case was postponed to Tuesday, 28 January 2020, for the continuation of the trial.

The trial was on 02 August 2019 set down until 27 January 2020 for the continuation of the trial, but could not proceed today (Monday) after accused Fritz informed the court he is not satisfied with the legal services of his State-funded defence lawyer Sampson Enkali.

Fritz claimed before court that Enkali is not defending him (accused) to the best of his abilities and this is main treason the accused now wants to terminate his services.

Fritz is requesting the court to postponed the trial for a period of at least three months in order to properly consult with his family and secure the needed funds for a private-instructed defence lawyer.

According to Fritz, if he fails to secure the needed funds he will then during the same period of three months apply again to the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal for another State-sponsored defence lawyer.

A final decision on Fritz's requests for a postponement and the termination of the services of Enkali will be known by presiding High Court Judge Boas Usiku on Tuesday at about 10h00.

Both State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu and Mbanga Siyomuinji for accused Narimab strongly objected against Fritz's request for a postponement and his ideas of terminating the services of his lawyer at this time.

In the matter, accused Narimab was set free on 16 March 2017 in a ruling handed down by Judge Usiku, following his successful application for discharge brought before court by his State-funded lawyer, Siyomuinji.

However, Narimab is now again added to the case after the prosecution team successfully appealed against the acquittal in the Supreme Court on 22 May 2019.

Both Narimab and Fritz are on trial for the alleged rape and murder of 18-year-old Alwina Uri-Khos, between 28 and 29 March 2013.

The two men each face a charge of murder, two counts of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat the course of justice in respect of the schoolgirl's death.

The alleged rape and murder of the girl sent shockwaves through Katutura at the time.

According to a summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet, on that night, Uri-Khos was in the company of Narimab and Fritz and they were seen socialising at different shebeens in Shandumbala in Windhoek.

The late schoolgirl was also allegedly raped twice.

On the charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, the State alleges that Uri-Khos was thrown to the ground, hit with rocks and other unknown objects and robbed of her mobile phone, a pair of shoes and trousers.

Fritz remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail since arrest in 2013.

Narimab is free on a warning.

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Publication:The Namibia Press Agency NAMPA (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Jan 27, 2020
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