Farmworker’s murder trial nearing the end

The prosecution and defence in Johannes Likuwa Hausiku’s trial will make their final submissions on 6 November.

22 October 2020 | Justice

WINDHOEK

NAMPA

The trial of a charcoal farmworker who is facing several counts of rape and a charge of murdering a two-year-old boy at Outjo in 2012 is now nearing its conclusion.

Johannes Likuwa Hausiku, 42, made another appearance before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Tuesday when he was informed that submissions for judgment would be heard on 6 November.

Judge Ndauendapo was scheduled to listen to submissions from State advocate Ethel Ndlovu and Hausiku’s Legal Aid-funded lawyer, Hipura Ujaha, but was unable to do so due to other official commitments.

As per the agreement reached between the prosecution and the defence lawyer in court on Tuesday morning the presentation of the submissions will be heard on 6 November at about 11:30.

Psychiatric observation

Hausiku’s trial only resumed a few months ago after he was found fit and capable of understanding the court proceedings and thus could put up a proper defence following a second psychiatric observation conducted by two local psychiatrists - one employed by the State and another in private practice.

Hausiku is alleged to have kidnapped and raped a woman at Outjo in the Kunene Region on the night of 30 May 2012.

He then also allegedly murdered the victim’s two-year-old son and hindered police investigations by telling her to report to the police that she had been attacked and her son was killed by four unknown men.

He is further alleged to have kidnapped, raped and robbed two other women in January 2012.

Hausiku is currently in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, where he has been held since his arrest without the option to post bail.

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