Alleged Dordabis rapist, killer wants to confess

“I can conduct my own defence and I am ready to make a confession about what I have done. I just want to get this case over with,” the 32-year-old Uirab said.

17 December 2021 | Justice

JEMIMA BEUKES







DORDABIS

Accused of raping, murdering and mutilating the body of Lydia !Kharises at Stinkwater over the weekend, 32-year-old Harold Uirab told the court he is ready to make a confession because he knew what he was doing.

He made his first court appearance for the rape and murder charges on Thursday morning in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court, but was first heard and denied bail for an assault case for which he had been on the run for nearly nine years.

Uirab - who is accused of having raped and cut out !Karises’ intestines as well as removing her private parts - was told by Magistrate Ninja Hochobes that he will be remanded in custody because there is a great possibility that he may run away again.

She further reminded him that he has the right to apply for legal aid should he not be able to afford a private lawyer to conduct his defence in court.

“I don’t have money or anyone to pay the N$300 for legal aid. I can conduct my own defence and I am ready to make a confession about what I have done. I just want to get this case over with,” Uirab said.

Angry mob

The State - represented by prosecutor Victoria Thompson - opposed bail based on the grounds that these are extremely serious charges and Uirab is likely to interfere with the investigation which is yet to be completed as well as with the witnesses.

Uirab is remanded in custody and will make his next court appearance on 18 January 2022.

The accused, who lived with his girlfriend at Stinkwater settlement outside Dordabis, was apprehended by the police after a frantic search by a mob of angry community members and a police helicopter on Tuesday afternoon.

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