Judgment in the double murder trial of a 66-year-old man will be handed down on June 9 in the Windhoek High Court. Judge Alfred Siboleka said he would be ready to deliver a verdict after submissions by the State and defence last Friday. Eliakim Nampindi is charged with two murders. In relation to the first charge it is alleged he killed Paul Fredericks, 46, at Hoachanas in the Mariental district on March 5, 2009. It is further alleged that while out on bail for the first murder and on a warrant of arrest after he failed to return to court, he killed his life partner Anetta Jantjies during the period of August 3 to 4, 2011 at Kalkrand.
He is also charged for attempting to kill Salmon Rooinasie by stabbing him with a knife or sharp object in his back on the same night. According to the summary of substantial facts the accused and Fredericks (the deceased in count 1) were at Farm Onzerust when a quarrel broke out between them over alcohol. It is alleged that Fredericks refused to give Nampindi some of the alcohol and removed him from the room. Nampindi returned after a while with a knife and stabbed Fredericks once in the chest, the indictment reads. Fredericks died later that same evening as a result of severe internal bleeding and a collapsed lung. During his testimony the doctor who conducted the autopsy, Dr Gwinyai Kadenge, told the court his primary findings during the autopsy were that Fredericks sustained a deep penetrating stab wound to the upper chest that punctured the upper lobe of his lung.
On the second murder charge it is alleged that Nampindi who was on the run from the police on the first murder charge arrived at the residence of Jantjies, 38, at Farm Schlip the evening of August 3, 2011, while she, her daughter and Rooinasie were sitting at the fire. It is stated he initially stabbed Rooinasie in the back in an attempt to kill him and then advanced on Jantjies and stabbed her several times in the abdomen and chest with the same knife. Jantjies died the next morning as a result of the multiple stab wounds. Dr Kadenge also conducted the post-mortem on Jantjies and he told the court that he found six stab wounds had perforated her stomach and small intestines, which caused her bowels to protrude from her stomach. He further said her right lung was perforated causing extensive internal bleeding and that her right arm was broken by the force of the attack.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu told the court the testimony of the doctor clearly illustrates the force with which the stab wounds on both victims were inflicted. This, she said, shows that Nampindi had the desired intention to kill both his victims. She asked the court to find the accused guilty of murder with direct intent on both charges.
Mbanga Siyomunji who represents Nampindi on instructions from legal aid informed the court the prosecution did not prove intent. At the very least, he said, his client is guilty of culpable homicide as he might have overstepped the boundaries of self-defence when he committed the offences.