Man pleads not guilty to killing girlfriend

04 December 2019 | Justice

A 57-year-old man pleaded not guilty in the Windhoek High Court on Monday to killing his girlfriend by allegedly stabbing her with a knife at the 7de Laan informal settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek in late 2017.

Benjamin George Strong is facing five charges before acting High Court Judge Orben Sibeya.

These are murder, attempted murder, defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice and two charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, read together with provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act.

It is alleged that Strong had an argument with the deceased Johanna Resandt on the evening of 16 September 2017 over N$100 he allegedly gave her to buy food, which he wanted back.

The deceased allegedly refused to give the money back, after which the accused assaulted and stabbed her with a knife in the early hours of 17 September 2017.

Strong also allegedly assaulted and stabbed his friend Phillip Gadi Matsaya, after he tried to assist Resandt. Matsaya testified on Monday he had slept at the couple's residence after consuming too much alcohol.

“I thought I was dreaming when I heard her screaming 'help, help', and when I opened my eyes, I saw Strong stabbing her with a knife,” Matsaya told the court.

He Strong is his long-time friend and was in a domestic relationship with the deceased.

Milton Engelbrecht is representing the State, while advocate Ian Malumani is appearing for Strong, who is being held at the Windhoek Correctional Facility. The trial continues.

NAMPA

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