The murder trial of four men accused of killing renowned stock theft investigator, Hiambepo ‘Major’ Kazeurua, resumed yesterday with one of the cattle herders, Daniel Mutambo, relating the events he witnessed.
Mutambo was testifying on the charges of stock theft faced by Stockley Kavejao, 40, Matheu Kakururume, 29, Muvare Kaporo, 25, and Afas Kamutjemo, 38, among charges of murder and defeating or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.
According to the indictment the accused conspired to kill Kazeurua to prevent him from tracing cattle they had stolen, and Kaporo and Kakururume ambushed the victim and killed him by strangling him and throwing sand in his mouth to prevent him from breathing.
This allegedly happened on December 28, 2012.
The partly burned body of Kazeurua was found in an aardvark burrow on January 7, after he was reported missing days earlier.
It is further alleged the accused defeated or obstructed the course of justice or attempted to defeat or obstruct the course of justice when they burned the vehicle of the deceased, burned and buried the body of the deceased, gave money to Kaporo and Kakururume to leave the district of Gobabis after the death of the deceased and the theft of the cattle; burned, destroyed or otherwise disposed of the ear tags of the cattle, kept the stolen cattle on Farm Groot Ums and/or mixed the cattle with other cattle kept at farm Groot Ums and attempted to brand the stolen cattle with the registered brand mark of Kamutjemo.
They all denied guilt at the start of their trial early this year.
Cattle herder Mutambo testified he first saw the stolen cattle at the beginning of December 2012 near a water point on farm Brazil, which belongs to Kavejao’s elder brother. When he enquired about the cattle he was told by Kaporo who was employed at farm Brazil that he was given the cattle by Kakururume.
At a later stage, which period he could not fully remember, Kaporo asked him to take him to the water point where the cattle were. Mutambo said that Kaporo then drove the cattle in the direction of the main house while leaving him behind. When he returned to the main house that evening, he saw the cattle in the kraal at the main house.
After he and his co-worker Nambinga ate supper and went to bed, they were woken up later that night by Kaporo who told them there was a truck at the kraal.
He further said that he and Nambinga followed Kaporo to the kraal where they observed Kaporo driving the cattle up a gangplank (manga) onto the truck.
According to Mutambo he recognised the truck as that of Kavejao and said that Kamutjemo was behind the wheel.
The trial continues today with Mutambo facing cross-examination from the defense counsels.
Kavejao is represented by Advocate Slysken Makando, Kakururume by Bronell Uirab and Kaporo by Monty Karuaihe while Jan Wessels defends Kamutjemo.
Kavejao, Kakururume, Kaporo remain in custody while Kamutjemo is out on bail.