Parolee accused of raping, killing pregnant woman

20 March 2017 | Justice

A Tses resident, who stands accused of raping and murdering a 28-year-old pregnant woman in September 2014, was denied bail last week in the Windhoek High Court.

Jesaja Boois, 40, has been in custody for two years and six months after he was arrested on 3 September 2014 in connection with the death of Bonaventura Jahs.

According to the indictment, Jahs was attacked, raped and murdered on her way home from a shebeen at Tses village in the //Karas Region on 2 September 2014. At the time, Boois was on parole while serving a sentence for murder.

The post-mortem report submitted during the bail hearing says Jahs died as a result of suffocation. It also shows that she was four months pregnant.

Boois was arrested on five charges, namely murder, rape, defeating the course of justice, assault by threat and attempted murder.

A police officer testified that on the day of the murder, Boois had threatened Jahs while they were both at the shebeen.

The officer added that Boois's semen and DNA was found on the clothes and body of the deceased. Boois claimed that he had cut his finger during a struggle with the deceased.

Back in 1997, Boois was convicted of murder and sentenced to 14 years in prison, as well as 10 years for rape and 10 years for housebreaking. He was released on parole after serving seven years.

“The accused has a tendency of committing similar offenses and these previous convictions were relied on (in judgement),” Acting Judge Boas Usiku said before denying him bail.

The Tses community in August 2015 protested against bail for Boois.

Boois will remain in custody until his trial starts on 23 March.

State-funded attorney Titus Mbaeva represented Boois and prosecutor Antonia Verhoef represented the State.



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